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Trees, Trees & More Trees

Handmade tree decorations using locally grown hardwoods by the handmade craft house

“‘Tis the Season…”, although I do think these trees will make a wonderful addition to your home any time of the year!

 

We make all of our trees by hand from locally grown timber. Each tree is totally different and unique. When you stand them side by side it instantly brings movement to the display as if the wind was blowing through.

Use them for Christmas-dinner place settings, a table display or simply as a no-needle-drop miniature Christmas tree!

You can find the whole collection in our Dumfries Shop or buy online.

Prices start from £7.99 for the smaller single trees (11cm x 11cm x 2cm approx).

Medium single trees – £8.99 (16cm x 12cm x 2cm approx)

Larger single trees – £10.99 (20cm x 12cm x 2cm)

Copse with Stands vary in size and are made in a variety of woods. Prices start from £29.

Each Single Tree and Copse with Stand is marked with the type of wood used.

(Dimensions are Height x Width x Thickness)

Copse of trees, handmade by Mike Dixon at the Handmade Craft House

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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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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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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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Celebrate the Love of Food with Our New Handmade Chopping Boards

Introducing a brand new design for our Heart Of Wood handmade chopping boards and serving platters! These boards are big enough for all manner of food preparation tasks as well as looking gorgeous as part of a table display. (Just imagine a ploughman’s lunch or buffet with these pile high with cheeses, cold meats, fruits, berries and vegetable dips as the centrepiece!)

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Our Handmade Candle Blocks Will Enhance Your Interiors

Group of handmade candle blocks by the Handmade Craft House

We’ve been busy in the workshop again and created these delightfully chunky handmade candle blocks.

Handmade Candle blocks by the Handmade Craft House

Mike has selected the wood for each piece based on its shape, colour and appearance; making a feature of any unusual parts. This means that not only is each piece entirely unique, but also has a character of its own. Each piece will sit quite happily on its own or with others, and fit seamlessly with both modern and rustic interiors.

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