Greetings friends,Happy spring. It's been a while since we've last checked in and just wanted to bring you up to speed as to where we are in our process. Dave, Daniel, and I continue to plod along, fleshing out this steadily-expanding resource by the day. Dave recently returned from a teaching and consulting trip to Australia (I hope he got some vacation time in there too) which no doubt had him busy and contemplating the potential for coppice in a completely different climate zone.
In the meantime, our friend and powerhouse research assistant Daniel Plane has been painstakingly refining the extensive species database that he's been amassing over the past few years. This resource is extensive, and with it, comes some seriously detail-oriented work, consolidating data, choosing a layout and framework, and making the information he's helped gather an accessible and digestible product. Thanks for all your hard work Daniel!
In the mean time, I've been deep in the midst of the 3rd round of revision and expansion of Chapter 5 (out of 8) - The Economy of Coppice. I just finishing combing through more than 70 research papers and academic journal articles, further fleshing out the expansive list of products we'd already developed. I'm now going to do what I can to fill in any identifiable gaps before I revise it once more and pass it over to Dave for review. It's a monster of a chapter - 50,000+ words at the moment, but we believe that the economics of coppice systems is one of the most important parts of a well-planned and truly sustainable system, so we're striving to provide readers with as much useful detail as possible.
Our basic format for this chapter includes profiles of each individual product with all sorts of interesting and useful information about them. I've included a list of the products we've identified below. Take a look and let us know if you see anything we've missed. Honestly - we really want to know if you know of coppice-related products that you don't see here.
- Woodchips: Soil-improving mulches, wood-chip clay walls systems, wood chip heat/biofuel
- 'Carbon Farming'/Carbon Sequestration
- Garden Products (tree stakes, bean poles, pea sticks, flower stakes, hedging stakes, plant stands)
- Hugelkultur materials
- Holiday ornamentation (stump culture Christmas trees, wreaths, swags)
- Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms
- Windbreaks and Noise Barriers
- Besom Brooms
- Hay Rakes/Forks
- Tool Handles
- Walking Sticks
- Rustic Furniture
- Bodging and Green Woodworking
- Thatching Materials
- Roof Shakes
- Garden Structures
- Traditional dwellings (tipis, wigwams, longhouses)
- Log Cabins
- Cordwood Buildings
- Roundwood Timber Frames
- Ecological Restoration (erosion control/bioengineering structures, phytoremediation, etc)
- Nursery Propagation Stock
- Woody Cut Stems for the Floral Industry
- Understory Production (shade tolerant herbs, spring ephemerals)
- Education and Professional Training
So once again, for each of these individual products, we're compiling profiles from a wide range of resources that include information including:
- Desirable wood properties/qualities
- Most promising species
- Materials Volume Required
- Skill Level to Produce
- Time to Produce
- Special tools or machinery required
- Price Range for Completed Product -
If you have experience producing any of these products and would like to share your thoughts, we'd be delighted to include them in our research. Send us an e-mail and let us know what product you make along with any of the above information you can share. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're ever grateful for your support and eagerly awaiting the rapidly approaching growing season.
Wishing you all the best