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  • Storytelling chairs for school playground

    Making storytelling chair for schools for us is one of the most rewarding and creative woodworking that  we  do. We all know how important children's imagination is for cognitive development and what better way of sparking the imagination that to sit outside under a tree and listen to a story.

    Children do not move, think or speak in a straight line, and neither does imagination nor creativity. But sadly, our standardised pathways of education do. 

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  • Guide to using your Compost Toilet

    I've decided to publish the guide to using your compost toilet that we send out to client to help them get come to terms with owning a compost toilet.

    dinosaur pooGetting Started

    For the composting process to work well, there are some key ingredients that should be added into the mix, but the exact ‘recipe’ you use will depend on what you have most readily available. Continue reading

  • Fairy Tree House and Archway in a Magical Wood!

    We have just received these photos back from Anne at Studfold Aventure Nature Trail where we installed  a magical gateway and four fairy tree houses that formed part of the nature  trail though some enchanted woodland.

    What lies behind the gate? Thresholds and entrances have a deep-set place in myth, in our psychology and in our sense of place and are vitals parts of the architecture of any space. The arch in the picture was crafted for the entrance to the nature trail, a place where children can explore the natural world and fairy fantasies.

    The fairy village was crafted to be nestle among four beech trees next to a lovely stream. Thanks to Anne for commissioning this exciting project, we hope to be back next year to fulfills more fantasies and make dreams a reality. Continue reading

  • Talking, Farting, Singing Chair for the Machynlleth Comedy Festival

    Nothing makes us happier than making furniture. Well apart from making funny furniture. Ok, well apart from making funny furniture for our local Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

    We were commissioned to make a giant Talking Chair by local arts organization Articulture, who were tasked to find local artists and craftspeople to create a series of "Moments of Magic" around Machynlleth during this year's festival.

    We really had a lot of fun working on this project. Our storytelling chairs are often designed for use in schools but when asked to make an interactive talking chair for our town's comedy festival we jumped at the opportunity to create something new, and to play around with audio as well as wood. We had to quickly learn as much as possible about interactive microchips that allowed us to play sounds when triggers were set off. After extensive research online we ordered the right chips and speakers and got to building the chair out of wood, then had a lot of fun finding and recording the right sounds.

    The chair has a motion sensor below the seat that is triggered when people, or dogs, go past, with sounds ranging from a loud fart, to a dog barking, to hilarious laughter. Then when you sit on the chair a new set of audio starts.

    You can choose if the chair is happy, sad, or you can put your own face through the hole in the back.

    Once we had moved the chair to site and got it installed (it must be the heaviest chair we have ever made) we sat back to watch the fun unfold. We had no expectations but were blown away by the audience interaction. The chair proved to be popular day and night with young, old and dogs. We have had really positive feedback from everyone we have talked to.

    We thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of making this chair and can see ourselves getting more and more involved in creating interactive furniture in the future.

    Contact Us if you would like commission something similar .

     

    talking comedy chair Dan, Ben and Paul
    talking chair
  • Compost Toilet for Community Garden

    This summer we went down to the Green Backyard community gardens in Peterborough to install a disabled compost toilet for them. The Green Backyard is a vibrant community growing project in the heart of Peterborough. They have transformed this once derelict former allotment site into a beautiful and productive community garden that is open to everyone.

    As we are both passionate about sustainability and the need to raise awareness of environmental issues, this installation of a disabled compost toilet was a meeting of minds. Making  and installing compost toilets for gardeners is the perfect way to close the loop and return the goodness back to the garden.

    Our main website has more details about our disabled access compost toilet here and standard compost toilets here.

    disabled compost loo disabled compost toilet in garden community garden compost loo disabled access compost toilet
  • Long Time no Post

    Its been a wonderful hot summer here in sunny Wales. Way to hot to even think about sitting down to write a blog. Luckily things have changed somewhat and it is now cool enough to sit inside and give you some photo of what has happened. Roll on winter for some serious non stop blogging :-)

  • Fairy Houses and Archway for Magical Forest

    If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise….

    Because this is where you will find Fairy Treehouse perched in four lofty sycamores, the first glimpse of the house is through the pines, rowans and elderberries, the sun glinting off the roof tiles. It appears to grow out of the trees with the sycamores bursting right through village of fairies.

    The Fairy houses were part of an installation for Studfold Farm in Yorkshire.  We also made the lovely fairy archway for the entrance to the riverside woodland walk.

    More fairy houses on our webpage.....

    fairy tree houses fairy arch fairy houses
  • Welsh Reclaimed Oak Bed

    Here are some photos of our latest chunky oak bed, made from carefully selected, locally sourced oak, bringing a bit of the Welsh woodland into the bedroom.

    Our solid oak bed frames are designed and crafted to ensure durability, strength and a beautiful unique look. No matter where you live, you can achieve a stunning rustic look in your bedroom and know that you are sleeping in a one-of-a-kind bed. The nature of the hand picked wood we use means that no two of our wooden beds are ever the same.

    Having a bed handcrafted just for you means that you can specify the exact size, colour and style that will work best for your individual situation, including bespoke features to suit your personal tastes.

    Contact Us with ideas for your dream bed and we can turn them into a reality!

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  • Handcrafted solid wood four poster bed

    Here is a client's photograph of the four solid oak poster bed that went out before Christmas. Looking to rural Wales for its inspiration, the four-poster oak is a big bed, but not too weighty to dominate a medium bedroom. And, like all Free Range beds, it’s been completely handcrafted from scratch using the same time-honoured techniques we’ve been using for well over 20 years.

    We design your bed, craft your bed, put it together and spend hours lovingly finishing your bed before thoroughly checking every detail. Here is Johns testimonial.

     

    Hi Guys,

    "Attached is a photo of the bed - the rest of the furniture is being replaced in the room and the decorating starting later in the month but already the bed is the centerpiece of the room: it is really fantastic. "

    Thanks John

    View more from our collection of handcrafted solid wood four poster beds which are available up to 8ft wide.

    Oak four poster bed
  • Memorial Benches and Chairs

    Remember a special child or teacher with a beautiful handcrafted wooden storytelling chair or bench. A bench or chair in a quiet spot in your school, garden or park provides an ideal place for reflection and contemplation.

    Here are some examples of memorial seats we have made for schools and individuals in the past, made bespoke to order in our workshop in Wales from locally sourced Welsh oak, Douglas fir and Larch.

    Built with traditional carpentry techniques and designed to be hardwearing in the outdoors, our chairs and benches provide a lasting memory and celebration of the people you love, to be enjoyed for generations to come.

    Select your own wording to be carved into the memorial seat free of charge, or engrave your message onto a metal plaque.

    "Dear Suzanne and Paul

    Please can I just say thank you so much for the benches, they are beautiful. We have had so many comments today summed up by one child calling them awesome!!

    You are invited anytime to St Mary's, I know the children would love to meet you so if you are ever near us let me know. They would be really interested in what you do - you are really talented.

    Thank you

    Lisa"

    Mrs Lisa Lee, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Crewe 2017

     

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