Entries by Martin

Scaffold Board Table and Benches

It always amazes me how wonderful scaffold boards are for building chunky rustic furniture.  I was recently asked if I could make a set of benches and a table to seat six for a great Asian fusion restaurant  Temple Mama Cirencester They already have some wonderful old furniture including an old rectory table and a […]

How Green Is My Valley

At the end of last week and for a couple of hours this morning I was lucky enough to be working at 1 Woodbine Cottage in the Slad Valley.  For those of you who are not from the Stroud district it is a beautiful part of the Cotswolds that has been immortalised by the words of […]

Rustic Hall Stand

Many of my projects are led by customer requirements, this was definitely the case with the hall stand I have built this week.  My client has a large family and needed a storage solution for coat and scarfs but could not use the traditional method of fitting coat hooks and a shelf on the wall […]

Reclaimed Wood Pigeon Holes With Built-in Drawers

    The customer is always right… Just lately I have been on a roll when it comes to selling pigeon holes on my market stall.  They are being snapped up as quick as I can make them.  This is great news for me as I love making them.  I am always on the lookout […]

From Shed to Garden Crate

Earlier this week I was tasked with removing an old garden shed and replacing it with another from a friends property.  The relocating of the replacement shed was a little bit of fun but with the help of a couple of strong friends it was soon loaded onto my truck and transported down the M5 […]

Dinner for Six

One of my good friends recently asked me if I could replace her current garden table with something a little bigger. As she only has limited space, it needed to be compact, fit in with the look of her garden and not cost too much. As I love working with reclaimed wood I decided that […]

Simple Storage Solutions

   This week I have dedicated a day to utilise all the plywood offcuts I have from the last couple of big jobs. It will make a lot more room in my workshop and it will also give my a change to increase my market offerings with a selection of open top storage/display boxes. After […]

Custom Kitchen Makeover

There are many great things about living in Stroud, along with the beautiful countryside, wonderful valleys and hills and the award wining weekly farmers market there is also the wide variety of wonderful old Cotswold stone houses.  These properties are often very quirky with unusual layouts and uneven floors and walls.  This brings many challenges […]

In an English country garden

Sometimes a project just happens… On the way back from a job yesterday, I noticed a couple of old scaffold boards dumped outside a garden in Horsley. After asking the owner if I could have them, I loaded them up into the Morris Traveller (it was a bit of a squeeze).  As soon as I […]

Cool Colourful Caddies

Whenever I work on site I always take my tools in a couple of hand made tool caddies, mine are very long but they have a section for screwdrivers, pencils and scissors etc and they also have lift out trays for smaller tools and for easy access to the sections below.  As these have proved […]