Our wands are made from hand-coppiced hazel and silver birch.
Coppicing is the traditional forestry practice of cutting these short-lived trees, to encourage regrowth and as a consequence increase biodiversity of the woodland.
Our wands are sourced from the award-winning Pondhead Conservation Trust based a mile from our shop.
Hand-cut then walked home where they are shaped on a shave horse with a draw knife, then dried on our aga. Next walked up to the shop where they receive a final sanding before being laser-engraved with either some Tenguar Elvish (from Lord of the Rings) or a quote from a more recent set of films where wands are much in evidence (..ahm being careful of copyright). Lastly they are waxed and polished to help that magic flow.
We can customise a wand with your own words, either hand-pyrographed on, or laser etched. (but we haven’t figured out how to insert a phoenix feather into one)
All our wooden cards are designed by us and are unique to our shop. They are made from layers of veneer attached to a card backing.
We feel at £3.50 it is good value, though we have been told it’s a little deer!
Inside is blank, comes with envelope
This wooden jigsaw has 40 pieces, but it laser cut out of wood, so the pieces can be any shape; there are ‘whimsies’ cut into it; shapes of animals rather than uniform jigsaw shapes. Also the corners are bisected so you can’t even start with the corners!
(we have six designs and a larger 250 piece size)
This apparently is how the hill was formed:
The local tradition is that a dragon had his den at Burley Beacon, about 3 miles east of Bisterne, at Burley. He “flew” every morning to Bisterne, where he would be supplied with milk. In order to kill the dragon, a valiant knight named Berkeley built a hide, and with two dogs lay in wait. The creature came as usual one morning for its milk, when the hide door was opened the dogs attacked it, and while thus engaged the knight took the dragon by surprise, mortally wounding him. The dragon took flight, but not before killing the knight and even eating his yew bow. Finally succumbing to his wounds he landed outside the village of Lyndhurst. His corpse turning into the hill now known as Boltons Bench. The yew bow sprouted and became the ring of yew trees that can still be seen today.
Want an inexpensive memory of the New Forest, but worried another fridge magnet might be the final straw that rips the door off your fridge?
At 12″ this solid beech spoon will create quite a stir with it’s laser engraved handle.
In case you can’t read it in thne picture, there is a grazing horse followed by the words ‘The new forest’ followed by a line of four deer.
All for the stirring cost of £2.50
Our tri-band rings are made of three thin slices of wood bonded together. We have a number of different timbers, but our most common pairing is English yew on the outside with a band of walnut through the middle. Sorry we cannot make to order (we tried, it was too stressful to get the size right!)
We have every half size from E to Z+ (English sizes) at £19 each
You don’t get more natural and tactile than these piggy banks. Made from a solid branch with a slot in the top and a removable rear to get your money out. Cute porkers with faux leather ears and curly tail.
standing 14cm high and about 20cm long
We used to stock a number of beech boards, but they were a little boring as a gift, so we stocked boards with more interesting grains such as olive and waney edged oak, but missed tradition and practicably of a beech board as they have a natural antiseptic and are easy to clean. So when we found a company that would etch our own fox design into a traditional beech board, we knew we were onto a winner!
35cm x 24cm x 2cm thick
(we also do a larger stag board)
One of Our A5 sketch books. It’s a spiral-bound wooden covered book with plain paper insert (we sell refills). It has a coloured fly-sheet to show through the cut out image. Designed by us and made exclusively for us by a small company in Ireland, it’s a great gift or reminder of the New forest.
21.5cm x 15 cm £11