Welcoming Our Team Back
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.
Tips & tricks
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
Made in Somerset from natural wood and solid granite; custom sizes and colours available
Our sturdy yet elegant kitchen storage island is made from sustainable natural wood (Redwood or Larch) and features a chunky solid granite worktop.
This particular kitchen island trolley measures approx. 89 cm high X 91.5 cm wide and 43 cm deep.
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 wooden kitchen storage design, this kitchen island design is approx £698.50 (subject to granite prices at time of purchase) and is not currently available in our Etsy.com shop.
Additional Storage For Your Kitchen
Our kitchen island trolley has been designed by Marc to provide effective and adaptable additional storage.
- A solid granite worktop sourced from an established local supplier, this granite is a hardwearing food preparation surface and is easy to keep clean.
- Easily portable with castor wheels, allowing you to move your additional storage to the best location in your kitchen, as your needs change and brakes to securely lock in place.
- A solid lower shelf, suitable for cooking equipment, pans, ceramics and crockery.
- A slatted middle shelf, suitable for food storage as healthy air flow helps keep food fresh for longer.
- A matching set of 2 traditionally made drawers, deep enough for cuttlery, tea towels or kitchen utensils.
- Finished in a wipe clean matt paint (your choice of colour) and with slim chrome handles and pull bar/ towel rail (or your choice of alternative)
Contact Marc & Rachel Wood For More Information On Our Kitchen Storage Options
We can visit Bristol, Bath, Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire areas for a site visit and we can arrange door to door delivery, contact us with your postcode for details.
Kitchen Storage Collection in Natural Wood
Our kitchen cabinets, shelves and larder cupboards are all designed by Marc and handmade to order by Marc and our team of 6 local makers.
We use traditional techniques and work with sustainable, natural wood, find out more about our inspiration and process HERE.
Modern Rustic Chunky Wall Mirrors
Our handmade wooden mirror with shelf and upcycled coat hanger hooks has been designed by Marc and each of our mirrors is handmade by Marc and the team in our Somerset farmhouse workshop, using natural sustainable wood.
We offer a 10% discount off our Etsy.com prices for direct sales, which will bring this mirror to £137.25* (from £152.50 on Etsy) plus £15.00 delivery via DHL 24 hour courier.
*Prices at time of posting in September 2021, view our latest prices here.
Mirror Design Details
Our beautiful mirror with shelf and hooks is the perfect style for use in your hallway, bedroom or bathroom.
- A 12 cm shelf (16 cm from the wall) which is deep enough to display your favourite ceramics and glassware or for keeping those important keys safe in a dish.
- A chunky 9 cm frame width to showcase the characterful natural wood grain.
- 5 upcycled wooden coat hanger hooks which are long enough for your coat and hats, slim enough for your keys and strong enough to support an everyday bag.
- Finished in a hardwearing and water resistant Danish Oil (choose from light, as pictured or dark)
- This particular mirror measures 90 cm wide x 60 cm high (bespoke options available)
Handmade from Natural Sustainable Wood
In our Somerset workshop, we work with natural timbers such as Redwood or Larch.
We use traditionally joinery technique and the classic Dovetail joint as seen at the edges of the wooden frame on our mirror with shelf and coat hanger hooks has become our design signature.
We believe in sustainable small-scale manufacture, re-using materials and sourcing locally wherever possible.
We Are Always Happy to Create Something Bespoke For You
Made for you in Somerset:
If this isn’t quite perfect for your needs, contact Marc and Rachel to discuss your own bespoke wall mirror with shelf and hooks.
We can talk through your ideas and help create the perfect piece mirror for your home.
View The Many Variations In Our Mirror With Shelf & Hooks Collection
Our wide range of wooden frame mirrors can be crafted to hang portrait or landscape and includes:
1. With 5 Architectural style chunky cast-iron coat hooks, in the landscape orientation and finished in light Danish Oil (below)
2. With 3 delicate ‘leaf head’ iron coat hooks, in the portrait orientation and finished in Dark Danish Oil (below)
3. With 5 delicate ‘leaf head’ iron coat hooks in a square frame and finished in light Danish Oil (below)
3. With 3 coat hanger hooks in the portrait orientation or completely without hooks and finished in light Danish Oil.