Hello from our handmade furniture workshop in Somerset!
We hope that you are getting a chance to safely get out and about and enjoy some of this wonderful Summer sunshine.
Our brilliant workshop team are now back with us and settling into their new space and distanced working routine. We hope to drop our extra long 8 week lead time very soon, once we have caught up and we really appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness during the long wait.
Our picture frames on Instagram
Jess Purrr creates atmospheric woodland paintings, which are available to buy on Etsy.com and via her Instagram.
We recently collaborated by creating different sized wooden picture frames to house these original artworks for her social posts, in exchange she gave us several large prints for our home and we get to use her quirky posts on our channels too (see our Instagram for more)
Enjoying the west-country
This past month we have squeezed in a family camping weekend at Pleasant Streams in Cornwall, to thank our amazing 10 year old son for being so good while we have both been working long hours and spending warm evenings on our local beach at Lyme Regis, which is only 25 mins or so away, so perfect for an after work break.
New Handmade Furniture Designs
We created a new set of cast iron wall hooks which are great for hallway, bathroom and jewellery storage. You can also see a rustic ‘live edge’ version in the Ilminster Emporium.
Our large dovetail mirror with shelf in the ‘medium-dark’ Danish Oil finish became the month’s bestselling style, this beautiful mirror is also available in a portrait orientation and in the lighter ‘antique’ finish.
5 star Reviews
Our Etsy.com shop has notched up 320 5 star reviews!
“ Absolutely love it! Very well made, goes perfect in my room. Very well packaged. Good communication. Would highly recommend.” Dawn 30th July.
Dawn gave us 5 stars and left a lovely comment about our wall mirror with shelf & 5 iron hooks which she ordered from us online, thanks Dawn!
Tips & tricks
This month’s very simple woodworking tip is for the young at heart. Keep everyone entertained during these long summer weeks with this cute contraption.
See this inspirational family woodworking Blog for instructions on how to make a toy catapult, which will toss a light ball into the air using mainly household materials, including a wooden clothes peg.
Regardless of age, creating a toy that moves and may even cause minor destruction in your living room is a pure joy!
Hello from our furniture workshop in Somerset!
We hope that you are staying safe and well as we ease back in to life with the gradual lifting of the full C19 lock-down.
This past month we have been enjoying our birthdays, adding even more new furniture designs to our shop and extending our farmyard workshop to allow our amazing team to come back safely.
We are offering a 10% discount off Etsy shop prices (not on delivery) for all direct sales via PayPal or BACS, contact us via email for more info.
Our large dovetail bathroom cabinet with a single mirror door became the month’s bestselling style, this is one of our earliest cabinet designs and we are very proud of how popular and enduring it has proved to be with our lovely customers.
New Furniture Designs
We created a new mirror with shelf, featuring 5 of the characterful ‘leaf head’ metal hooks nestled under the inset chunky shelf. You may remember these new hooks from our chalk and pin board which we covered last month.
Marc is continuing in our furniture workshop with our new ‘home working’ range with wall mounted desks and office storage for small spaces, although completion of this will have to wait until we have caught up with our waiting list (which is now at a lengthy 8 weeks for new orders!)
Our High Street Shop Space
The Ilminster Emporium in the characterful period building at 19 Silver Street TA19 0DH has been open for several weeks and our local newspaper helpfully ran a feature on our new arty traders.
Rachel has been volunteering once a week to help out and has really enjoyed meeting our local customers, chatting and finding out what type of furniture they want to see us create next (we are working on the home working desks, we promise!)
A month of Birthdays
June is usually a month for getting together with our friends and family to celebrate both of our birthdays.
For over 15 years, to mark our June birthdays, we have been meeting up with the same group of friends for a weekend of camping around Marc’s birthday on the Summer Solstice.
Unfortunately this year it wasn’t possible, but we had ‘distanced’ fun visiting the very atmospheric Corfe Castle in Dorset to celebrate Rachel’s birthday with a rather windy picnic and then enjoying another family trip to the beach in nearby Devon on the weekend of the 22nd so that Marc could try out his new paddle board and get out of our furniture workshop for the day!
(see our Instagram for more pics)
Welcoming Our Team Back
We are very pleased to see our small team return to us at Flaxdrayton Farm and we have really missed them all. Even with all the noise and bustle of our furniture making, it has seemed very quiet around here over the past few months.
Now the break room biscuit barrel has been refilled with treats and last week we finished setting up our new additional work space in the outer barns.
This allows our team members Tave and Rhian to maintain 2 metres distance while they help us to catch up with the new orders generated when Marc was all on his own.
Tips & tricks
This month’s very simple woodworking tip is about accurately measuring your timber before cutting.
If you pencil in a little tick mark on the side to cut on, this will save time remeasuring and helps to account for ‘kerf’ or the thickness of the cutting blade.
Any cutting will result in some of the wood being turned into sawdust and cutting directly on the marked line will cause your cut to be inaccurate.
Measure and make a small tick to the side of the measured line you want to cut on and then line your saw blade up to the line with the blade on the ticked side.
The kerf will now be on the other side of the line and not into your measured area see more on this great wood working site instructables.com.
Hello from Somerset!
We hope that you are staying safe and well during May 2020.
This past month we have been enjoying the opportunity to travel a bit further for our exercise, with a lovely quiet morning on the secluded beach at Charmouth in Dorset, to help celebrate our son Arthur’s 10th Birthday.
Online Shop Now Open
Our key suppliers re-opened mid month and we switched our Etsy shop back on.
We are not yet ready to welcome back the team and our reduced options and extended lead times allow Marc to complete all new orders by himself.
Our classic dovetail mirror with shelf quickly became the month’s bestselling style, the inbuilt shelf is just the right depth for holding a tea light holder or two. Perfect for a relaxing evening at home.
Along with most of the nation’s high street stores, we felt it best to close just a few days before the official ‘lock down’ and we were all sorry to say goodbye to our new shop space.
Now we can announce that the Ilminster Emporium at 19 Silver Street TA19 0DH, is planning to reopen in mid June, which is great news for us and all the other local traders involved.
We are now working on several new pieces to showcase in the characterful period building and will be operating under reduced hours and social distancing guidelines.
Family time has been spent up on the local allotment, teaching our son Arthur how to garden and growing our own fruit and veg, which we have all been getting to enjoy at meal times, yum!
(see our Instagram for more pics)
* Dab the dent with water, just enough to cover the dent and a small part of the surrounding wood. The dent should be completely wet and gathering inside the depression in the wood.
* Place a damp paper towel or piece of cloth over the dent, wring out any excess water first and then lay it directly on top of the dent. This extra moisture also creates a buffer to help protect the wood from being damaged by the heat of the iron
* Give the water time to soak into the wood for a few minutes and as the water seeps into the wood, it will cause it to soften so that when you apply heat to the dent, the wood will expand and the dent should lift out.
* Press the iron into the cloth above the dent and move it around using slow circular motions,gradually widening the area. Keep heating the wood until the cloth is dry, then lift a corner to check your progress.
* You can wet the wood again and repeat if required, while a single ironing might be all you need to deal with minor dents, for more severe depressions or areas with multiple marks you can continue to gently apply the iron and them once finished, allow to dry.