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Rippled Sycamore and Elm Bench

Handcrafted in our own Workshop, this 4ft bench has been created from Rippled Sycamore and Elm that was grown locally in the borderlands of Scotland.

The naturally occuring “rippling” within the grain of the Sycamore gives an almost 3D effect that causes the finish of the bench to look as if it has been quilted.

The bench has been protected by multiple coats of oil and then waxed. This bench can be used for a number of purposes; by the side of a dinning table, to stand at the foot of a double bed, or even as a much-needed coffee table.

This bench, along with others from our workshop, are available to see in our showroom at The Handmade Crafthouse in Dumfries.

An artistic take on our logo has been burned by hand into the underside of the bench

 

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Arise

Winter is drawing to a close. The long dark nights are becoming a thing of the past. As the sun rises up and announces the coming of new life, the seasons change and we move forward into springtime.

We are celebrating the coming of the new season with the launching of a series of Giclee prints taken from an original mixed media painting, Arise, by our very own Gail Dixon.

The painting itself depicts the sun rising up above a Hilltop bringing light, colour and life to the community that nestles beneath it.

The prints are available in a variety of sizes unmounted, mounted or framed. Mounted or framed prints come signed by Gail.

Framed prints will be framed by hand in our own workshop using our bespoke picture framing service using locally grown wood

You can find Arise, as well as prints of Gail’s other work, here.

 

 

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Squirrels!

Red Squirrel - Handmade Craft House
Yes! There! Red Squirrels!

With a gloriously sunny start to November it’s off into the woods to see what Autumn has to offer- Squirrels galore and all red, what a joy to see.

Despite being chased across the woodland floor by my almost two year old grandson, nut in hand, calling out to the Squirrel “Eat it! Eat it!” We still managed to capture a few of them on camera.

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Exclusive Christmas Cards in Stock

Exclusive Christmas Cards at the Handmade Craft House3 WM

We’re excited to announce that our exclusive Christmas cards are back in stock! While it may feel that Christmas is too far away, we’ve all been caught out by how quickly it comes around!

Red Stag PhotocardSo, if you are looking for a special Christmas card to give friends or family, these may just fit the bill.

Each of these cards are taken from an original photograph by Mike Dixon and feature glittered details that have been applied by hand.

They are available for £2.50 each or you can get a pack of any 5 for £10 (in-store only).

You can buy these Christmas Cards online, individually or in pre-selected packs, here.

Christmas Photo Card Pack by Mike Dixon

 

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Handmade Copse of Trees

Various handmade trees made using offcuts of locally grown hardwoods from the borderlands of Scotland. Handmade by Mike Dixon at the Handmade Craft House, Dumfries

These wonderful handmade tree decorations by Mike from offcuts of timber left after making his frames and chopping boards.

They are roughly finished and are charming on their own, but particularly so when grouped together in a little Copse.

As you can see, when grouped together the variety of the woods used – Ash, Beech, Elm, Oak, Sycamore – achieve a beautiful range of colour, texture and pattern which makes each Copse unique! Each piece of timber used is grown locally in the borderlands of Scotland.

These are available in our Dumfries store and Online either individually or in randomly selected “Copses” of 3 or 5 trees (£8.99, £26 and £42 respectively)

Handmade Copse of Trees by Mike Dixon at the Handmade Craft House, Scotland

 

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Framing, Printing, Mounting, Glazing

Handmade Picture Frames ready for our October Photography Exhibition at the Handmade Craft House

October 2017 Photography Exhibition

We will be holding an exhibition of the photographic work of The Handmade Crafthouse this Autumn. Preparations are well under way as the pictures begin to come together. There are still lots more frames to make, glue, pin, sand and oil. Photos to print, mount, glaze and then finally, display.

Phew!

#mugsOfTeaRequired #mikeIsInTheWorkshop

Handmade Picture Frames ready for our October Photography Exhibition at the Handmade Craft House

 

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Big Piece Monday

Big Piece Monday

Monday is our day of rest. The day when the Handmade Craft House is closed. The day when we try to ‘down tools’ and do nothing shop related! Sometimes it’s easier said than done, as everything we do seems to feed in one way or another back into the business.

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Wych Elm Journal

Making a Homemade Wych Elm Journal

A Journal in the Making

By Mike & Gail Dixon

Elmus Glaba also known as Scot's Elm or Wych Elm

Ulmus Glabra, or more fittingly, “The Scots Elm” is a tree that has been ravaged over the years by the Dutch Elm disease and it is hard to find timber of practical size and use. A while ago I came across three twisted, bent and in places cracked boards. Despite all the faults the beauty of the grain hidden beneath was crying out for a special purpose. So I bought the wood, thinking they may come in for door panels and they have sat in my wood yard since then.

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