The hori hori is a gardening tool, a kind of short knife with a double-edged blade serrated on one side, with a semi-sharp point. It originated in Japan, and most commercial hori hori for sale are still made there, for example by the Japanese… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Hori Hori”
A strake is a section of iron laid around the rim of a wooden cart of wagon wheel. The purpose of the strake is to protect the wooden rim from damage. The manufacture of the strake is the domain of the blacksmith, where the… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Strake”
A collier is a person whose occupation is to procure or sell coal. Formerly, the term applied to a person who made and traded in charcoal. For centuries, charcoal was fuel of choice for many cottage industries. Charcoal is mostly pure carbon, made from… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Collier”
A coppice (also known as a copse) is a thicket of small trees and shrubs, typically those whose slender trunks and branches (or withies) are cut periodically for a variety of uses. The word also refers to a tree’s ability to regrow shoots from… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Coppice”
“Yelming” is part of the thatcher’s trade: to yelm is to prepare the gathered straw, sorting it by size, laying it out flat, and in some techniques, dampening it with water. According to James Arnold in his amazing book The Shell Book of Country… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Yelm”
Bort is shards of small, impure diamonds, or the small fragments removed from gem-quality diamonds during the cutting process.
Propolis, also called bee glue, is an aromatic reddish substance collected by honeybees from tree buds and bark, consisting of a mixture of tree resins, balsams, and waxes which are altered by the bees’ own secretions, esp. saliva and beeswax, and used by them… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Propolis”
An ashlar is a large stone hewn to square sides, for use in building or laying pavement. It also refers to the particular method of stone masonry called ashlar or ashlar-work, which makes use of hewn stones, often made to a specific proportion, as… Continue Reading “Word of the Day: Ashlar”