What started off as a last-minute birthday present for a friend has developed into a range of more than 200 different designs. These are the most popular...
# 1 The Kitchen chopping, cheese or serving boards, rectangular
It is universally recognised that wood is the very best material for chopping boards, and every kitchen has to have at least one wooden board.
Our Oak and Rope Rectangular Cheese, Chopping or Bread board makes a beautiful centrepiece for your table - it will be a talking point and subject to much admiration. The boards are made using traditional methods, showing off the natural beauty of the wood. We make these spectacular kitchen essentials in two thicknesses, 45 mm and 35 mm. You can have them with groove handles or with rope handles.
Typically they are engraved with names, house names, significant dates or co-ordinates. They are a popular wedding presents, but great for any gift occasion or for your own home.
# 2 The Gin & Tonic Board
There is a world wide gin craze. In the UK most people will argue that the G&T never went out of fashion. It may even have been responsible for the rise (and possibly the fall) of the British Empire.
The recent revival is down to the wide range of delicious artisan gins that are being produced, and the fact that the G&T is one of the few cocktails that are simple enough to make at home without much planning. All you need is a citrus fruit of sort. And that is where our boards come in... Read all about the “Gin-aissance” and our Sipsmith Gin collaboration here.
One of our customers who bought a personalised G&T board for her husband said she was so delighted, as she was fed up with him using a big chopping board to cut a couple of slices of lemon! Other's are just happy as they feel it gives them 'permission' to make their favourite tipple every evening. You'd be surprised how many people actually have this as their daily evening routine...
The perfect cutting surface for cocktail trimmings, keep it on your drinks cart to adorn your alcohol with fresh ingredients. Beautiful little boards, perfect for chopping fruit and other ingredients for your Gin & Tonic, serving up nibbles or cheese for two.
# 3 The Round kitchen chopping, cheese or serving boards
Our round cheese and chopping boards make a real statement. These are hand turned and there is something very organic about the shape. It shows off every angle of the oak and highlights the beauty of the end grain in particular. The the varying angles of shadows in the hand carved lettering on the edge makes if difficult to photograph, so these are even better than they look here in 'real life'.
Some people keep these out as a permanent centrepiece on their table, use them as serving and cheese boards or as their every-day chopping board.
We simply LOVE them when they take on the patina of years of daily use...
# 4 The Doorstop
The oak doorstop blocks were the second thing we made in the workshop and I think that over the last 10 years it is safe to say that they have become iconic. In the beginning people often pointed at them and asked - What is that...? That never happens any more.
It is the combination of the two textures. Where the oak meets the rope. How the rope is cleverly held in place by two small wedges.
And then there are all the wonderful possibilities for the engraving... with up to 4 sides available there is no limit to who/what and when you can gift these. It is not only house warming, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries that are ideal, but father's day, corporate gifting and all other 'thank-yous'.
I would love to know how many doors these have opened for people both physically and metaphorically...
The main reason these wooden door stops have become so iconic is of course that they not only look gorgeous, but they are heavy enough to control the heaviest of doors.
Each oak block engraved create something completely unique. We hand carve the names, dates, destinations or sayings of your choice.
# 5 The Cup Tray
How many special moments start with let's have 'a nice cup of...'? Quite a few. Whether you are a tea or a coffee drinker this little cup tray is perfect for creating one of those moments literally anywhere!
Life is all about those little moments and this practical little piece of oak is used every single day in our house.
# 6 The Large Swing
It is safe to say that we are the worlds leading maker of garden rope swings. Our seats have touched many famous bottoms and are hanging in many prominent locations.
However, do not look for the perfect location, but take a location and make it perfect. Wherever these go they make a unique place.
Each swing comes with a beautifully illustrated suggestion book for how you can hang your swing, or click here to see how we do it...
You can’t push these swings with a smart phone in your hand, they require your full attention and they become the perfect place to share special moments.
We hope your swing will be your happy place, a place for both priceless giggles and important chats, creating precious memories of the future!
# 7 The Carving Board
This board becomes the gathering point of your Sunday Lunches with friends and family.
Imagine all the tales it will hear and mouths it will feed... We have made them large enough to hold anything from the Christmas Turkey or big summer BBQ, to the Ploughman or snack supper for two.
It also has a long enough edge for some great engraving options.
The Sunday Roast is a British institution, American Thanksgiving lunch is the highlight of most US family's calendar, the Australians will gather family and friends for a 'Barbie' at any opportunity, in South-America they gather around for an Asado and the South-Africans have their Braai. Despite the vegetarian revolution so many of our social gatherings has a board of meat as the centrepiece!
Our carving board is the perfect celebration of this primal habit. Ever since the stone age, when man got their first basic tools, they have needed a sturdy piece of wood to carve the meat from to feed their family.
They are the prefect present for a godchild filled with their favourite treats, but grandpa will love one too for his special biscuits! Build up your collection over time to include the pretty pulses, your tea selection and all those other beautiful ingredients you want to have to hand.
# 9 The Bootjacks.
We never understood why traditional boot pulls are made narrow at the back, and why nobody thought about this design before... Our small improvement to this old classic makes all the difference. The other ones only do half the job! With our unique design you can easily take your boots off AND keep your socks dry. There is one side for the muddy boot, leaving the other side for your clean sock.
Not only does our design make a lot more sense, but people have so much fun with the engravings they choose too, making this an absolute perfect present for anybody who wears shoes or boots!
Click here to see all the fantastic ideas for what to engrave for house warming presents, wedding presents, anniversary presents and particularly advanced birthdays...
# 10 Oak Photo Frames
Our best-selling solid oak frames have space for 6 precious memories. Do not let your best photographs get lost on your phone, but print and display them to remind you of your favourite moments every day.
They make a precious gift for anybody who has been travelling, somebody you have been sharing an adventure with or for somebody's upcoming special event.
Wooden personalised photo frames are on most couple's Wedding Gift Lists, but also make a great presents for Christenings, Graduations, Anniversaries and Big Birthdays.
#11 Butter Dishes
.... and as an un-numbered, but need a mention in the Best Sellers is our Parkland benches. They need a mention not because we sell so many of these, but when we do we really feel we are part of the journey. Hours can go into making sure the stencils are set out correctly and they can take days to carve, but when they arrive (normally delivered by a designated driver and van) there are often tears of joy!