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.
We hope that you are staying safe and well during this health emergency, our online shop is closed and we have put the team on furlough, Marc is single manning the furniture workshop and we are taking on a low volume of orders (lead times have increased by 1 – 2 weeks)
Although we are very grateful for all of the support from the local council, NHS and essential workers helping us through, it has taken quite a bit of adjustment and stress here in the Wood household, as we know that it has for many of us.
We are enjoying spending family time on our daily walks through the Somerset countryside, which is on our doorstep (see our Instagram for more pics) and we can amuse ourselves with classic board-games from the loft, plus the boys got home haircuts last week!
We were very excited to launch our new shop space in the Ilminster Emporium at the end of March, we held a party in the shop with local small businesses and our friends and family, the Mayor even helped out by cutting the ribbon, marking the official opening!
After several great weeks in this very lovely iconic building in the old town centre we all made the decision to close up our shop just before the ‘lock-down’ went into effect across the UK.
Although it was sad to say goodbye to all the other lovely Emporium traders and our new friends on the committee, we all felt that it was irresponsible to encourage visitors into the town as the virus took hold across the country.
We will all be back with great new displays as soon as we can and we hope that you will be able to visit the Emporium on Silver Street on your next visit to South Somerset.
In the days before we made the decision to close the workshop we also completed our latest handmade pieces. A chunky modern rustic sideboard (seen here in it’s new home!) and our new design of ‘tall boy’ chest of drawers, which is pictured in our studio and is now in Scotland thanks to our dedicated specialist courier Barry Whitcher, who is still working hard ensuring that items get from A to B across the country.
Both of these pieces of furniture make use of our classic ‘cut out’ handle and we will be featuring the ‘tall boy’ and lots of other new handmade items in our online shop once we are open again.
This April we reached the milestone of 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel and we will be adding more videos in the coming weeks, find us under Marc Wood Joinery.
Woodworking tips & tricks:
This month we have an ingenious tip for smooth sanding around a curve.
It can be challenging to sand a curve and you often need your piece of sanding paper to be solid yet supple enough to carefully remove surface layers whilst fitting into the required shape.
Cover a flexible A5 notepad with sandpaper of the necessary grade for your needs and curve the notepad to fit into the curve of your wood then you have a very useful and study sanding pad.
If you place an edge of the sanding paper into the notebook, the pages will secure it as you apply pressure. Find out more about woodworking technique on this great easy to read blog.
We will be back with another update next month and if there is anything which we can create for your home, just ask.
Marc & Rachel Wood
We want to share our latest kitchen storage design; designed by Marc and crafted to our usual high standard in our South Somerset workshop by Marc and the team.
Our sturdy yet elegant kitchen storage island is made from sustainable natural wood (usually Redwood or Larch) and features a chunky granite worktop.
This particular kitchen island trolley measures approx. 89 cm high X 91.5 cm wide and 43 cm deep and we are always happy to design to your specifications,
Our shelves with coat hanger hooks (as seen above) are a stylish way to tidy utensils, aprons & tea towels or display your favourite crockery and go-to cookery books along the top.
View our handcrafted kitchen furniture and storage collection online.
With a metal side rail for smooth portability and which can be used to hold tea towels or appropriately handled kitchen utensils; our handmade wooden kitchen island rests on sturdy caster wheels with breaks, so that you can securely station your storage cart wherever you choose.
Our kitchen island trolley will add stylish and adaptable storage within your kitchen area, with two properly constructed pull drawers, and two wide shelves, each with 26 cm of usable height.
The robust shelves of our kitchen island are excellent for keeping your cooking pots, cups, plates or food tidily arranged; the upper shelf is in slatted wood to aid the circulation of fresh air and increase the shelf life of your fresh fruit & vegetables.
This handmade kitchen island has been finished in modern pale grey; because our solid wooden kitchen cabinets, wall shelves and kitchen storage islands are each handcrafted to order in our rural workshop, you can choose to have more space devoted to drawers and the number or height of your shelves.
We are happy to use a different paint or a wood toned Danish Oil if you would prefer an alternative finish to perfectly suit both your space and your personal style.
Contact Marc and Rachel to discuss your own bespoke wooden kitchen storage design, kitchen island prices start at £450 for a natural wooden worktop option.
Marc Wood Joinery; visit us online to see more beautiful, high quality custom handmade mirrors, frames, bathroom cabinets & wooden furniture in sustainable natural timbers.
Visit us on Pinterest or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and twitter; call us at our Somerset workshop on 01460 241372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can design and create for your home.
We are near enough to Bristol, Bath, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire for a site visit and reduced delivery costs.