What started off as a last-minute birthday present for a friend has developed into a range of 120 different designs. Many of them you will have seen over the last 10 years, but some of the 'best-sellers' may come as a surprise to you...
#1 The Rectangular Boards are our absolute best sellers.
Large enough to keep everything you are cutting on the board, sturdy enough not to move around when you are working your knife skills and full of natural enzymes inhibiting bacterial growth. They become the workhorse of any kitchen.
Typically they are engraved with names, house names, significant dates or co-ordinates. We think every home needs one of these. They are a popular wedding presents, but great for any gift occasion or for your own home.
Although it is always scary to make the first cut into these beautiful boards, we think they look better with daily use. When well looked after, these can be passed down through the family and should wear the knife scars of the meals shared along the way.
"They add a unique and romantic character to any kitchen, traditional or modern. They are the heirlooms of the future."
Each board come in a beautiful box with care instructions and a little bottle of butcher block oil.
#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 probably 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...
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...
#3. The Round Boards make a 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 Family Recharging Station. What is the correct etiquette for phones and devices? I think we are still working it out... And that means we can still be part of shaping it for the future! Good design is all about making us live our lives better and these Device Parking/Recharging stations are great for enforcing the standards you want for your family...
It has been amazing to see people's imagination on what to engrave on these. If you click on the link above you will see a wide selection of suggestions. We started it off with a simple 'We recharge here...' but our customers have brought it to the next level.
We created these because we wanted to have a single place for all the chargers to live and to encourage everybody to park their devices every so often. It really works. What will you engrave on yours?
#5. The Doorstops. They 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 (link to blog post). 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 it is cleverly held together 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-ious'.
I would love to know how many doors these have opened for people both physically and metaphorically...
#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...
#7 The Carving 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.
#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 Notice Boards
#11 Butter Dishes
#12 Ice Buckets have proved immensely popular. Sadly the glass maker is discontinuing them though, and we have got the last ones in stock.
When they are gone, they are gone, so don't delay if you have had your eye on these beauties.
.... 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!