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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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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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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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New Photocard Designs

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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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Bring Real Rustic Charm with this Traditional Farm Milking Stool

Handmade Farm Stool made with locally grown hardwood from the borderlands of Scotland by the Handmade Craft House

This lovely handmade farm stool radiates rustic charm and harks back to simpler times.

Our woodworker, Mike, has cut and shaped each component by hand and assembled it using traditional Wedged Mortise and Tenon joints meaning that this stool will stay stable for the rest of its life.
Mike has carefully chosen each piece of wood used in this handmade farm stool for it’s strength and it’s character – the beautiful Burr Oak top is gorgeously speckled with dozens of miniature knots from the tiny twigs that protrude from the tree.
The legs have been turned by hand from Elm which has a lovely rich caramel-coffee colour.
Available in-store or you can buy it online directly.