Phil Harvey

Born in 1941, my farming career was cut short in the l960s by the premature death of my mother.  I changed career direction and became involved in engineering.  Throughout the 70s and 80s I worked for a company formed by Red Adair.  My life revolved around hostile environments and oil field emergencies, many working on the very edge of known technology.  In the mid 80s, the demand and price of oil fell and I found myself redundant and ashore after a life of adventure around the workd.  I returned to my lifelong interest in working with wood and decided to take the very simplest and traditional management of coppice as my way of living.  Over the past twenty years I have combined coppicing and teaching traditional crafts to children and adults, giving them an enjoyable chance to learn about the value of sustainable management of our environment.
I have innovated and delivered workshops to scout groups, special needs groups, schoolchildren, adult learners, womans\' groups demonstrating how, with the simplest of tools and the minimum of expense, a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction can be had in making wooden objects by hand.