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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Rising Up” – Illustration by Gail Dixon, framed in Ash
“Four Stags” – Photograph by Mike Dixon, framed in Elm
“Heart of Light” – Photograph by Mike Dixon, framed in Elm
“Morning Light” – Photograph by Mike Dixon, framed in Beech
“Lighthouse” – Print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon, framed in Elm
“Out of the Woods” – Print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon, framed in Elm
“The Homestead” – Print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon, framed in Ash
Broken Path – Framed print of a Pen and Ink illustration by Gail Dixon
“Arisaig” by Erik Petrie, open edition print framed in whitewashed Beech
The Gossips – print by Tori Ratcliffe in handmade Ash frame
“Lighthouse” framed print of an original mixed media glass painting by Gail Dixon
Poppies on the Sand Dunes – print by Liela Aitken framed in Sycamore by the Handmade Craft House
Red Alert – print by Tori Ratcliffe in handmade Ash frame
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.
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!