Save Our Steam Engine

Tinkers Bubble is a small woodland community in Somerset, established in 1994. We use environmentally sound methods of working the land without a need for fossil fuels. Most of the fruits of our labour go back into our community, but we do sell some goods: cider, apple juice and also timber produced from our sustainable forest.
53890054_1610482696574981_r.jpegProducing timber here involves managing a 26 acre woodland in a sustainable way – felling selected trees with two-person handsaws and axes, transporting logs with the help of our handsome horses, and processing these logs on a wood fired steam-powered sawmill.
We have heard that we may be running the only remaining commercial portable steam engine in the country.

The picture above shows our steam engine in happier days. Marshall Britannia No. 88270 was built in 1937 making her 83 years old, and we’ve been using her almost constantly for 26 of those years. She is now in need of a new lease of life; a once-in-a-century major refurbishment.
For us to continue to produce timber, and to continue to act as an example of what is possible in this country without fossil fuels, we need to urgently raise the funds to fix our steam engine. We will be carrying out as much of the work as we can, some of the work has to be conducted by qualified engineers and certain parts must be manufactured to exact standards which make the costs far beyond our reach. 
This is why we are asking for your help. Please support us by making a donation today, any contribution will be much appreciated.
  • Fred Thomas 
    • 20 £ 
    • 7 d
  • Caitlin Owen 
    • 15 £ 
    • 9 d
  • Anthony Coombs 
    • 10 £ 
    • 12 d
  • clare mould 
    • 10 £ 
    • 13 d
  • Sarah Hodge 
    • 20 £ 
    • 14 d
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Phil Charters 
Chiselborough, ENG
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