Alex I must admit that although I love the feel and smell of real wood, my abilities to work it are confined to pruning. I envy those who are practical with their hands and able to work with wood to create beautiful pieces. Sometimes when I'm out on a hill I also think of what it must have been like when it was said that the great forest in Britain was so large that a squirrel (grey of course) could travel the length and breadth of the country without ever touching the ground.