Category Archives: craft

Flax cultivars for weaving

This coming Friday 18th August, the Canterbury Botanical Society will be having a guided tour of the Rene Orchiston, living harakeke collection at Landcare Research, Lincoln. Meet outside the main reception, 54 Gerald St, by 1.25pm.  Parking is limited, so … Continue reading

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Honesty Box

Facing the back of the Old Canterbury University West of this Y yet East of this Y is what must be the smallest public

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Seeing Red

Looking at the sites stats for this blog the most visited post is getting started with carving wooden spoons, which is totally weird as that’s not really a focus for Between the Ocean and the Sea. However given the interest … Continue reading

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Gruff?

What does a forested valley have in common with this

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Up the Buller and down the Grey

A day after the visit to Greymouth, I was heading home, taking the long road down the Grey Valley and over Arthur’s Pass.  Before I left I went for a walk on the Granity beach to find there had been … Continue reading

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Getting started with carving wooden spoons

I wasn’t really intending to post on spoon carving but when Dean of Des Moines asked Peter Follansbee how to sharpen a battered spoon knife (hoping he could get an affordable second hand one) I thought I’d share how I … Continue reading

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Apple wood and vintage beer

I want to make a scratter and the plans I found on the net call for an 8″ diameter cylinder of apple wood, so I called on a retired orchardist who is shrinking the size of the orchard to match … Continue reading

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A kiwi – Norske knife

I recently finished putting a handle onto a knife for the better half.  I was constantly dismayed with the use of scissors to cut twine on hay bales, and figured she needed a better tool. So combining that with her … Continue reading

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