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Hampson Woods Father’s Day Giveaway!

With father’s day not far off, we’re doing a prize-draw Father’s Day Giveaway……….. due partly to other news just in………….one half of Hampson Woods has just become a Dad! Congratulations to Mary, Sascha and our newest intern, little Jasper x

All you have to do is like our facebook page to be in with a shout (those who’ve already liked will be entered anyway) – and if you share our Father’s Day Giveaway post, you’ll be entered twice. Double your chances!

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The board pictured above is the one up for grabs; a particularly decorative example of one of our size 1 London Plane Serving Boards.

Here are the Rules (you gotta have rules….);

– entrants are those that have “liked” Hampson Woods facebook page, from the beginning of our facebook, through to 3pm on Friday 7th June. (Those that also “share” the giveaway post will be entered twice.)

– board pictured measures approx. 350 x 120 x 17mm, and has a value of £35.

– postage to UK destinations only (sorry, those of you abroad!!), due to arrive prior to Sunday 16th June.

Good luck!


Peckham Plane Wins!

The rest of this fence on Peckham Rye has been removed – they couldn’t get to this bit.

Hampson Woods in Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms

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Proud to announce we made the April issue of Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms.

We’ve always thought the boards look best standing upright – this was taken to the next level with this gargantuan shot!

The Paris Planes

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As much as we love the London plane, let’s not forget its wide use in la belle ville, Paris.

This leaning avenue and pollarded plane stand in le parc de Belleville, in the 2oth arondissement. Parisiens refer to them simply as “platane”.

It’s the same species as the london plane, and was first recorded in Spain in the C17th. The plane tree is used in cities all over the world; its bark soaks up pollution and its broad branch and leaf spread provide much needed city shade (in mainland europe at least…….).

The London Planes


The London Planes

In the spring of 2012, Hampson Woods introduced a new range of serving boards. Made from the London Plane tree, these boards bring a delicately crafted beauty into your home.

Plane trees come down often around London, and we work closely with an arborist who is able to collect and plank these towering giants of the city. We know the provenance of all of our pieces. Sometimes we have photos too.

Once in our hands, each part of the tree is considered, and the shapes of unmade pieces will start to reveal themselves. We rough-cut these pieces and allow for any future movement in the wood. Once we have ascertained the integrity of each piece, we then start to whittle and carve, relating to the same lines that the tree itself chose to follow.

After all, could we better the design of a tree?

Only by considering, handling and patiently crafting in this way, can you hope to do justice to the beauty that lies within the grain of the finished piece. And you can tell.

Every one is different. And every one is loved – even before it finds a home.

In our woods

chopped-wood A lovely rainy day’s lumberjacking resulted in some sycamore and birch blanks for turning and prototyping. as you can see from the background, these woods need some thinning out!

Hampson Woods birch bowls coming soon….watch this space!