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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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Simply Super Ceramics

Simply Super Ceramics Cover

We really love these gorgeous mugs and bowls by Cumbrian potter Mary Chappelhow! The design of these ceramics is stripped-back and simple, allowing the hand-mixed glazes to take centre-stage.

Each piece is thrown by hand and is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.

Prices start at £12.99 for the rounded mugs – you can find the range here.

Handmade Jugs- by Mary Chappelhow

Winter handmade Mug by Mary Chappelhow
Winter handmade Mug by Mary Chappelhow
Autumn handmade bowl by Mary Chappelhow
Autumn handmade bowl by Mary Chappelhow

 

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Set Off on an Adventure With Our Framed Prints

Beautiful prints, framed by hand using locally grown Scottish wood

We’ve got a wonderful range of framed prints available in store. Each print has been framed using our Bespoke Picture Framing Service in locally grown native hardwoods from the borderlands of Scotland.

Framed prints start at £49 and are available in our Dumfries shop and online.

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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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