|Snow covering the local fields|
We'll never cut these oaks down, but we do use and craft oak on the smallholding. As well as smaller items like a bread board and a case for a clock, we've crafted an oak table out of off-cuts and scraps of oak accumulated over the years. This has now been placed as the central feature in the barn's kitchen area.
|Moving in the oak table made from off-cuts and waste timber|
|The table legs made from old fence posts|
I hope the barn will stand, with the oaks, for many, many years to come. The idea behind the barn has always been to merge it with the natural world; blending wood with wood. I'm pleased we've achieved this; so many local, modern barns have been constructed quickly and are huge, ugly, metal buildings. Our aim has always been that our barn should have an organic feel, so that it becomes truly rooted in its local landscape.