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New Beech Cheese Boards Have Arrived

Beech Cheese Platters and Chopping Boards at the Handmade Craft House

Some new Beech cheese boards have arrived in store. Like all of our cheese boards and serving platters, these are handmade by Mike Dixon using locally grown timber from the borderlands of Scotland.

These boards feature some truly beautiful grain and have a lovely, delicate milkiness to the colouring. As with all our boards, they are suitable for preparing and serving food or just to bring a touch of rustic charm to your kitchen!

The boards featured here start at £18 for the small, handled platters, ranging to £39 for the table runner.

You can find more of our exclusive boards and platters here.

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Homemade Guitar – Part 3 – Finishing Touches

The finished homemade guitar.

This is the final part of my series on making my own homemade guitar. You can read the first two parts here and here.

So, at the end of last week I had everything glued together and it looked suitably “guitar-shaped”. This time I had the challenge of making it actually playable and adding the finishing touches. This was by far the hardest part of the build and had me sweating with concentration on more than one occasion!

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New Photocard Designs

Ardvreck

We’ve got a few new designs in our popular Photocards range. These cards feature photographs taken by Mike Dixon and come cello-packed with a recycled kraft envelope. Each card is blank inside for your own message.

The Photocards range – which includes wildlife, landscapes and flowers – can be found here – each card costs £2.50.

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Homemade Guitar – Part 2 – Making the Neck

Finished headstock

This is part two of a series of three posts, you can find the other parts here and here.

As I mentioned last week, my goal was to go into our workshop and make myself a stringed instrument from the materials I had at hand. I’ve set myself the limitation of not buying any specialist materials or tools – everything has to be sourced from the workshop. That means that frets, tuners, saddles and nuts (the bits the strings sit on) all have to be made by me.

After much “um-ing” and “ah-ing” I’ve decided to make a 6-string guitar, rather than the usual 3-string Cigar Box variety. I just felt that after putting so much time and effort into the project it would be a shame not to play it as often as my “normal” acoustic guitar. So, that’s 3 more strings, goodness knows how much more strain on the neck and I need a way of keeping the thing in tune… what could go wrong?

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Weekend Project – Homemade Guitar – Part 1

Homemade Guitar - My modified BBG

This is part one of a series of three posts about making a homemade guitar, you can find the other two parts here and here.

I always get an immense satisfaction when something that I’ve made not only looks the way it was meant to but is actually usable. It’s a wonderful feeling seeing that your design and hardwork has produced something that works!

This all goes to say that when I received a beginner’s Cigar Box Guitar (CBG) as a gift earlier this year, my mind soon turned from playing it to working out how to replicate it. Now, there are hundreds of blogs and forums on the internet about the instrument, along with countless plans available to build your own. But what I like most about the instrument is that it is homemade; originally built out of scrap and junk that people had lying around. They didn’t have to be perfect; they were meant to make a sound; and as long as they made a sound they could be used to make music.

After a successful homemade sandpit a few months ago, a homemade guitar sounded like the perfect weekend project!

The instrument that inspired this project has already been modified to include a raised fretboard and frets made from electrician’s wire. It can now be played with fingers as well as the glass “slide”.

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Wonderful Wildlife in Beautiful Bronze

We love these fantastic limited edition bronzes by Richard Cooper and Company. A lot of ‘bronzes’ that are available on the market are merely resin that has been painted to look like bronze. These pieces however, have been cast in solid bronze from finely sculpted originals.

Each has the sculptor’s mark and edition number stamped on the base and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity. Richard Cooper and Company’s work is highly collectable and these make a great gift for any nature lover.

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