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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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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 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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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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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.