The downy oak is particularly prized for its wood for burning and in the past these oaks were harvested for the manufacture of charcoal. We have been told that the grandparents of local people built carbonaie or charcoal clamps on our hill; it is an activity which may have gone on for centuries. We can still see where they worked on the brow of the hill; the ground is flat and probably layered with charcoal leavings.
|waiting for the final chop|
|that same wood chopped, split, moved and stacked in early summer|
|stacking systems vary|
|this pile is three logs deep and man-high|
|in all its glory...waiting for winter|