Chinese Signage

Reproduction Chinese Shop Front Sign in Burred OakUsing a slab of Welsh oak from a woodworm farm, some careful island cutting, then painting, this replica Chinese Sign has now guided the makers of a full set of signs in use on a new shop frontage.

Designed and constructed here at HoBB Real, this design model made use of sound wood that whilst riddled with both woodworm and death watch beetle attack, provided the antiqued look required. The sheet was bonded to a new backing board after cutting the letterform then treated with a preservative to halt further infestation. After drying fully, this sample was bees waxed but those on the shop front will have a coating of resin.

In case you are wondering, the Chinese Characters used are for Water, Fire, Earth, Stone and Metal as these elements guide the work of our good friends David and Rose.

I’ve reclaimed willow wood with wet rot, turned tree stumps into fern planters but this is the first time that I’ve been so close to the devastation caused by insect larvae attack. Some of the eating patterns even looked like computer circuit boards!

Width 50cm , Height 45cm

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Recycled Old carpets to the rescue

top terrace retaining wall using re-cycled carpetsSolutions are all around us: in the words of songs and books, in adverts, in the minds of friends, and in roadside skips!

Yes, we were wondering how to stop erosion under a long line of trees planted on a slope when we saw a roll of old carpet thrown into a skip. By re-cycling this old carpet, layered behind a line of oak uprights to retain soil thus moisture, we have now rescued a good stretch of hedgerow.

Over many years the downhill side of this hedgerow had weathered away whilst the root system had retained only the uphill earth. Due to high winds and allowing the hedge row to grow full tree height, many of the trees had blown out or died. The selection of healthy hedgerow species we now have along this stretch includes hawthorn, ash, sycamore, sloe, holly, elder, crab apple and hazel.

So when you walk along the HoBB’s top terrace, spare a thought for what you can re-cycled to good use.

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