Tuffa is often found in woodland where springs issue from limestone rock. The high
levels of calcium carbonate in the water precipitates around the twigs and leaves
on the forest floor and hardens like the deposit in a house hold kettle. The result
is a beautiful lace latticework of vegetation petrified by this process. Keepers
Cottage was built in such a location so it was no wonder that the original builders
applied this material to the building like icing on a cake. In 1998 I was asked by
Alan Hardiman to continue this icing on the new extensions built for Antony Little.
Local tuffa was no longer available but we tracked some down on the Welsh borders
and with the help of Anthony Griffith, right, finished the job. I carved new keystones
in Bath stone for the windows and door illustrating the characters from Kenneth Grahams
Wind in the Willows.