Hampson Woods

clarence mews open studios

It’s coming up to that time of year again folks!

At the end of November, every year, many of the workshops on the Mews open their doors to the public.

Pioneered by Cressida Bell who held her first event here on the Mews 31 years ago, it’s a great chance to see where the magic happens! Also a great opportunity to meet the makers and buy the products they lovingly create in this vibrant corner of East London.

A lot has changed round here recently, and there are plenty of local eating options too – Pacific Social Club, Verden, Uchi, the Bonneville to name but a few.

And Broadway Market (Saturday) and Chatsworth Road (Sunday), are 2 amazing markets only a short stroll away.

We’ll have the mulled wine mulling and maybe break out some of the year’s first mince pies – so please come on down and say hello!

This year, we’re happy to be joined by the following guests –

Archie Proudfoot (handmade signs), Polly Nor (illustration), Maid of Gingerbread (yep, gingerbread) and Big Boas (delicious steamed buns).



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Board Heads

Over much of 2015, we’ve gathered images of the view from behind our stall at Broadway Market – it’s a fine way to pass the time as the market starts to bustle on a Saturday morning. We have often thought our boards as characterful, and suppose this is another way to bring them to life!

We hope you enjoy them – more to be added soon………..










makers of east london – now available

Hoxton Mini Press have recently released a new title, their biggest book yet!

Makers of East London (coffee table book)

Called Makers of East London, its more than 300 pages are full of craftspeople from many disciplines; shoe, furniture, violin and chopping-board makers (ahem, yes we made it in!) to name a few……

Beautifully written by Katie Treggiden (Confessions of a Design Geek), and with very fine portraits and images by Charlotte Schreiber, it covers many interesting aspects and back-stories of running small creative businesses in London’s East End.

Makers of East London (coffee table book)

Certainly worth looking at (and would no doubt make a fine Christmas present), the publication is available from the lovely folk at Hoxton Mini Press, directly – please visit their site here.



Gail’s Garden Party

On Saturday the 19th September, we’re happy to be taking part in the Gail’s Garden Party, in sunny Hampstead!

It’s Gail’s Bakery’s 10th birthday, so should be an extra special one this year – and a weekend potter around Hampstead is always time well spent!

Alongside some other high-quality craft producers of food and accessories, we’ll be selling some particularly beautiful boards and other prototypes that rarely make it out of the workshop – come down and say Hi…..

Running from 11 till 5pm, it’s located right by Gail’s Bakery on Oriel Place, Hampstead.

Some more info at Gail’s website.

(Fear not – we haven’t abandoned the east and will still have our stall on Broadway Market, 9-5pm.)




hampson woods in LivingEtc – july 15

Very pleased to have been featured in July’s issue of LivingEtc – where we have been classed as “Ones to Watch!”

Please have a read……..


HW in LivingEtc - July15

hampson woods at gail’s bakery

We were approached to install some of our pieces on the newly renovated walls of Gail’s Bakery’s 21st London store in Temple Fortune NW11. Deep, narrow, full of light and foliage, it is a peach of a space – beautifully designed by the Hackney-based architecture firm Red Deer.

As well as a range of our boards taking pride of place on their walls, we were commissioned to create a bread peel for their master baker, Roy. At almost 6 feet in length, we had a lot of fun shaping that giant board / paddle / spoon hybrid!

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the UK tree council

have recently come across the fine work that the UK tree council get up to – from tree-planting (as you may expect), to preservation, to walks in the woods – an organisation well worth checking out!

have a peek here


modern craft workshop

Pleased to say we’ve been featured on the Modern Craft Workshop blog!

MCW celebrates skilled craftsmanship and good design – and focuses on the areas of wood, cloth and clay. We’re proud to be alongside some very interesting and talented folk.

You can see the post here –


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workshop shots by Robin Sinha

New Products

We’re proud to introduce some new products to the Hampson Woods Range.

First of all we have a series of Chef’s Boards – these are aimed at serious cooks, and are designed with a particular emphasis on practicality as well as beauty. Finished in a hard-wearing natural oil, they will happily take the abuse that food preparation throws at them!

Currently available in 2 forms – a geometrically-minded Sycamore board with a removable leather strap, and a rectangular, delicately-contoured Ash board.



Secondly, we are happy to introduce a range of Centrepiece Boards – designed to add beauty to any table setting, they are made from the choicest timbers we have.

Available in 4 forms and 3 timber options (London Plane, British Ash and Sycamore), these are the seriously special show-piece boards we love to put time into.







ancient forest destruction

We thought this video worth sharing. It’s amazing that this quick-buck approach is still going on, for what seems such a needless purpose – cheap paper and disposable packaging!

free ornament with online orders

Starting from the morning of Tuesday 9th December, the next 25 orders placed via our website will find themselves with an extra board – a Hampson Woods Miniature no less – for your tree, for a voul-au-vent, or for your doll’s house, it’s up to you!

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Last week we spent a day of surreal making – pretty much the same processes as the boards we produce regularly, but everything so very tiny. A few sanded fingers later we had this fine array of miniatures – and felt like huge-handed giants.

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and of course once you’ve got a miniature board in hand, everything’s just too cute and you carry on……

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Hackney Makers Monthly – Festive special

This Sunday 14th December we’ll be open as part of Hackney Makers Monthly. If you haven’t been down yet, it’s a great opportunity to meet some of Hackney’s finest creative-makers and a chance to buy directly from them. And of course to simply have a bit of a snoop round…..

It’s the last one of 2014, so I’m sure festive fun will be had!