We’ve recently started using the ancient art of horse logging to manage our fellside woodland in the English Lake District – up here it’s called snigging.
It’s safe to say we’ve fallen in love with this skillful, environmentally-sensitive solution to extracting timber.
Logging using horses or oxen was the primary method for extracting felled trees for more than 10,000 years, until tractors become readily available in the first half of the twentieth century. Mechanised methods have dominated over the last 75 years, presiding over a period of unimaginable and unprecedented deforestation worldwide. Not only can the use of heavy machines result in severe damage to undergrowth, thereby threatening the woodland’s ecosystem, but it often results in fossil fuel contamination, soil compaction and erosion. Sadly, the style and scale of woodland management continues to move away from selective, time consuming methods sensitive to specific landscapes, ecosystems and species, toward more lucrative methods – such as clear-cutting large areas of woodland to ease transportation and reduce costs.
However, large scale globalisation of tree farming has also resulted in a small but steady rejuvenation of small scale woodland management, and this is a movement we are proud to support. After becoming close to extinction in the 1980’s, the future is brightening and horse logging is again being recognised for its benefits to woodland regeneration.
These clips show George and Tom (the humans), and George and Charly (the horses) in action.
Here we are again in the latter stages of November, and that means one thing………..it’s Open Studios time!
As with every year, many of the various makers on Clarence Mews will be opening their doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday the 26th/27th November.
If you have an interest in Cressida Bell’s latest designs, in eco-fashion, jewellery or picture-framing – or indeed, it’s time to buy a new Hampson Woods piece, then please come on down! Or if it’s just a good nose around and a glass of mulled wine you’re after, we cater for that too.
Celebrity chef (and all around legend) Tom Kerridge has taken steps into the homewares market with his first range of kitchen and dining accessories. We are very pleased to say that three of our designs are included.
A little different from other chefs’ ranges, Tom has decided to “go British” and champion some of the fine producers from within this fair isle. He has also collaborated with all of the producers, and perhaps most importantly has demanded a quality high enough to cope with the rigours of his commercial kitchen.
Pans, knives, textiles, enamelware and cutting boards (yep, you guessed it!) will all soon be for sale, and are already in use in his michelin starred restaurant.
We worked with Tom to create three pieces –
End grain cutting board in Ash.
Traditionally used by butchers, these blocks self-heal – the internal pressure of the end grain will close up again after a knife has made its mark. By working this way, they also limit stress to the blade so chef’s can keep their knives as keen as ever.
Cheese Board in Elm.
Made from a single piece of Elm, this is a design we have been playing around with for a while – a very tactile and tapered end that you just want to handle………
Rolling Pin in Ash.
Simple, sturdy and elegant this subsantial pin has a surprising weight to it.
Not surprisingly this range is something we are very proud to put our name to – produced in small-batches, beautiful work of high quality, with practicality at the heart.
Soon for sale in various retailers, and you can now visit tomkerridge.com to register your interest.
The Great British Exchange have made this project happen. The brainchild of Matt Hopkins, the GBE is a marketplace that brings together producers and retailers within the UK.
The amazing French outfit, toc-toc-toc Editions have recently released a rather beautiful book………..and we are very proud to have been included.
TOC TOC TOC was born from the desire to share a certain vision of creation, of contemporary craftsmanship and its various players. It takes the form of an invitation to discover their world, their living spaces, their workshops, their journeys…
Their first book features some of London’s finest shops, cafes, artists and makers; with lovely wording and interviews with some of us.
It is so rewarding to be included in publications such as this – curated and written by like-minded creatives with such a keen eye on things – and as always, we are honoured to be in some rather impressive company.
Other than this book, toc-toc-toc produce magazines bi-annually and have gathered quite a reputation since 2010.
We’re proud to be part of GROW London this weekend (stand GL33) – open to the public Friday to Sunday on the majestic Hampstead Heath (Lower Fairground Site on East Heath Road), we will be exhibiting alongside other accessories brands, nurseries and makers of garden furniture.
Also on show (and which I’m particularly excited about….) is the Green Woodoworkers Guild who’ll be carving, shaving and weaving various beautiful bits of wood – just the way it was done back in the olden days.
Additionaly, Sophie Walker has designed and will be creating an Incidental garden over the course of the weekend – well worth a peek….
We have a limited number of free admission tickets and all you have to do is email email@example.com and be able to collect from our Hackney workshop between 9am and 5pm on Friday – or by visiting our regular Broadway Market stall between 10am and 5pm on Saturday. But please email first!
(Please note – tickets are limited and on a first come first served basis – send that email quickly!)
Every year many of Brighton’s studios, workshops and galleries open their doors to allow everyone in for sneak-peeks and a chance to find out more about this fine city’s creative element.
As part of this, we will have some of our one-off pieces for sale at Homage, a homewares shop based in the Seven Dials area of town.
Mark and Liza originally had their store here in Hackney but have since made the move to clean air and pastures new on the south coast – in keeping, they are calling their opening during AOH, “London by the Sea” and featuring our work alongside Grain & Knot, Daisy Cooper Ceramics and Adam Ross Ceramics.
We’re honoured to be in such company!
It runs until the end of May and info can be found below;
Very pleased to have been accepted to exhibit at Made London – Bloomsbury…….a leading Design and Craft fair set in the beautiful Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury. The house is worth a visit alone (it was an arts eduction centre for the poor of London), and the list of exhibitors in Ceramics, Woodwork, Jewellry among others is of the highest standard!
We’ll be there Friday 29th to Sunday 1st May, with a broad selection of one-off boards and unique pieces – and would love to see you there!
Not long ago we had a fun day filming with our buddies at HiLow films (see their work here) – big thanks to Emily and Nev for their direction and editing – and big thanks too to Joe (he’s here), for his fine work from behind the camera.
And last but not least, a big thanks to Asher (our very own Head of Production) who scored the film and is basically very talented all round (he’s the one in the jumpsuit)……
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 –