Welcome to the NCFed

Home to the UK Coppice Industry

Welcome to the National Coppice Federation

The National Coppice Federation (NCFed) represents and supports coppice workers and the coppice industry across the UK. The Federation aims to unite regional groups from all over the country and so provide a unified voice for the coppicing sector that promotes coppicing and encourages best practice.

Read more about the NCFed’s aims here.

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Timeline PhotosMy absolute favourite way to make a seat.
This is cedar bark. I had some rolls left over from my chair making endeavours. Luckily, it had been kept pretty dry and hadn't gone bad!
This is such a nice material to work with. The first time I used bark for a seat was at Mike Abbotts place when i made my first chair. On that occasion, i used wych elm bark, which is a bit thinner and easier to work than cedar. I think in the USA, hickory bark is most commonly used. Cedar bark works nicely too though. It's a bit thicker, so you have to be a bit more careful when bending it around the seat rails. It has a tendency to fold in half if you dont ease it round.
It makes a great, comfortable seat though and looks fantastic, especially after a bit of use. The average bum is the best way to polish it 😁
The deep colours of the bark look fantastic with the black paint. Looks oddly modern and rustic at the same time!
What do you guys think? Have you ever woven bark? 🖤
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@ncfeduk We are now a members of the National Coppice Federation bringing an old coppice area used during industrial times in Aberdare back to working life for #biodiversity and fuel for our #SustainableWelshWoodlandCharcoal company #TreeCharterGroup #Cooperative @PyCCommunity

It is grey squirrel bark stripping season. Fresh bark stripped from young willow this week. What damage have you spotted? Case studies counting the cost of squirrel damage in a small woodland http://ow.ly/Zcvz50A7OH1 and in oak plantation http://ow.ly/RpkD50A7OGZ

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