Down at Pondhead enclosure, the Bluebells are coming on thick and fast.
Click on the box on the right to go full screen, then use the arrows on the left to see what it looked like when we cut it in January.
More can be found about Pondhead and the work of the volunteers here: http://www.pondheadconservation.org.uk/
We’ve never stoked cork products, it wasn’t so much the argument whether it’s wood or not, more the simple fact that while wood is textured, grained and infinity variable, cork is just a little bit plain; too homogeneous to have the character of a hardwood.
But you can’t help feeling a little sorry for an environmentally friendly industry that has been usurped by composite corks and metal lids, so we’ve had another look, and look what we found:
Necessity is the mother of inventionproverb
Featured above is our medium pot stand, cork fishes strung together on a hemp cord, but the cork has an infinite wave, this is not printed on, but is a natural consequence of not processing the cork so much and the result: well we love it! (we also have large pot stands)
Below are place mats and coasters using the same technique
And if you think cork is just for kitchens, have a gander at this:
So, we’re now stocking cork, and proud.
We have different sets of Quadrilla marble runs. Build and play with these clip-together sets.
More accessories can be purchased to expand your sets
A reliable method for non-wizarding folk to store memories. It’s all very well for those high-wizards to store and share memories with their fancy pensieves, but here’s a work-around for the rest of us.
It is also sometimes called a memory stick, because it stores your memories and it was made from a stick!a quote form the owner of Down To The Wood
We have it it walnut and soon in Maple, they’re all 16Mb
There is a lot of work preparing these wooden boards, then about 3 hours under the laser, but you still don’t really know what you’ve got until the oil goes on.Perry Bond
Just watch this Golden retriever board
Each board is a one-off, and they sell quite quickly, so we’re keeping a record of our boards over at Pinterest
If there’s an image you would like to see on a board, just leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do. We do not do commissions as it’s too stressful (my pile of boards that have gone wrong and need re-sanding, is bigger than my finished pile!). But if there is something you would like, let us know and we’ll give it a try. If you like it you can buy it, if not, no worries, it will just go into our stock.
The standard price for these boards is £35, but there are variations, both up and down.
We’re often asked what is the best oil for serving boards. The simple answer is whatever you have in your kitchen cupboard, any oil is fine. Walnut oil gives one of the best finishes, but then you have to worry about anyone with a nut allergy. It is often said don’t use olive oil as it can go rancid. Well, the open sign for our shop was repeatedly oiled with olive oil, still is OK 10 years later. We use a food grade mineral oil because it is light, soaks in well and we can buy it 10l at a time.
If you’ve had fish or garlic or something that makes you board smell, let some lemon juice soak in, it will also boost the boards natural antiseptic qualities.Down To The Wood
We know our woods, we though we knew our dogs, but now we’re not so sure!
Is it a Westie?
Well, it’s on Alder wood; at least we know that!
Here are some other designs:
All about 15″ x 10″ (380mm x 250mm)
These are all one-offs and some are already sold, but we are happy to attempt any image or re-do one we have already tried. A complete gallery of these boards can be found on Pinterest and it will grow as we have about 30 boards ready for engraving.
We designed some coasters last year, asked a man with a machine to laser them for me in Oak… when he had finished, he said ‘all done, only I couldn’t get oak, so we used bamboo’ …well we do like I bit of environmentally friendly grass; but it’s not very English, the New Forest is not exactly famous for it’s swathes of bamboo!
So earlier this year, we had a chance meeting with another man with a machine. ‘Oak?’ we asked. ‘No, but we can do Alder’
Now, Alder doesn’t mind getting it’s feet wet1, so that seemed appropriate for coasters!
This fox is the most popular of the images, some people just buy a set of these
This stag is the second most popular; other people mix and match the coasters
Selling these singularly means you can have a set of 5 if you want
There are 8 designs in total (so far)
1 Alder doesn’t mind water; it is said to hold most of Venice up
Coasters are £4.50 each
If you buy 6, you can have a free box (made of bamboo), whilst stocks last.
Designed and written by ourselves
Come sit awhile under my shade in a quiet corner of the churchyard. Breathe deeply the aroma of
my sweet fermenting berries; relax as wood nymphs and faeries dance on the edge of your
vision, as your thoughts mingle with your dreams.
Take my bark, my wood, my leaves or my berries, make medicine or poison; your choice.
But save my trunk for the master bowyer; for when the King calls, the longbow is all that will stand
between you and ruin.