Yes! There! Red Squirrels!
With a gloriously sunny start to November it’s off into the woods to see what Autumn has to offer- Squirrels galore and all red, what a joy to see.
Despite being chased across the woodland floor by my almost two year old grandson, nut in hand, calling out to the Squirrel “Eat it! Eat it!” We still managed to capture a few of them on camera.
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)
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.
Preparations are well under way at The Handmade Craft House for an upcoming Photography Exhibition of our own photography which is to be held this coming October.
More details to follow…
A Journal in the Making
By Mike & Gail Dixon
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.
Continue reading Wych Elm Journal
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.
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.
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!)
Continue reading Celebrate the Love of Food with Our New Handmade Chopping Boards
We’ve been busy in the workshop again and created these delightfully chunky handmade candle blocks.
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.
Continue reading Our Handmade Candle Blocks Will Enhance Your Interiors