On 1st June Dr. Dian Li and I went to visit Ian Taylor of Lakeland Coppice Products at his workshop in Windermere. We were also joined by Jeyon Jung from the Lancaster side of Design Routes and she made some very good contributions to our discussion.. I meant to post on this earlier but with Amy on maternity leave I am a bit at sea. By the way, Amy brought her new born son in to see us and he is a smasher (birth weight of 10 lbs and 4 ozs). anyway, back to Windermere. We had a long discussion about coppicing and, in particular, the need for branding British Charcoal. I had no idea what a useful product charcoal is, not only for lighting fires and barbeques but also for absorbing damp, removing smells and purifying liquids. We are going to attend the next meeting of the National Coppicing Federation meeting at Grisedale on the 17th October and make a presentation about how we are going to set a branding exercise for groups of our third level students at the School of Design next session which we are sure will produce a whole range of design solutions for them to choose from. Professor Stuart Walker at Lancaster has also provided some excellent examples of possible design and use directions for this project. Below is a photo of Ian with the current brand images and Ian, Tom and Jeyon visiting the charcoal burning tanks (Dian was on the camera).