In the lead up to the festive season I was asked to do an English Language Carpentry Workshop at a local Primary School with with students ranging from 9 to 11 years old.

Here are some of the results.

These trees were found in the street next to the rubbish bins and are the result of an extreme pruning exercise carried out by the local council.

The tree is an Araucaria heterophylla (synonym A. excelsa).

I trimmed off the end of the branches and drilled a 10 mm hole in pallet off cuts and forced a small wedge in to keep them upright and stable.

These weathered blocks have the same colour as the forest floor.

I decided to make some more and give them away as presents to the owners of my favourite bars in town.



La Tia Maria in Cañadio.


Bar Olivia in Peña Herbosa.


The Ventilador in Cañadio.



La Pirula in Peña Herbosa.

A combination one for home.

A Racing Santander tree made recycled coats.

A Christmas reef made from an old dressing gown.

Royal Stewart Tartan.

As part of the English Language Workshop we also made these 3D origami trees. Later in the day I made these for Christmas display at The Moondog Bar, c/Carmen.

The overhead light gives the effect of snow covered leaves.

They give a festive touch to shop displays.

A tree made from an old book. 270 pages.

Two buttons were stuck to the top.