The driving force behind this was the number of people who got in touch to ask me if I sell bits like I’ve made for around the house – particularly the wooden coat hook shelf I made for our hallway.
When I got my first order, it was safe to say I was freaking out. It’s one thing making something for us, but asking someone else to part with their hard-earned money seemed weird.
After posting it (having fashioned some packaging out of an old box, tape, and bubble wrap), I spent three days worrying, before getting an update to say it had been delivered and then waiting for a tirade of abuse from a disgruntled punter.
Thankfully, that didn’t happen, and she said she loved it! Even now, it puts a smile on my face to know something I made is being enjoyed by someone else.
I’ve had a few orders for the shelves, which I love making, as well as some blackboards, trays and even a flower-press.
Pretty much everything is made from reclaimed wood – from pallets, walls, floors or wherever else I can find something interesting. This has the bonus of making for unique, interesting pieces, but also the annoyance of irregular surfaces and edges, and hidden weaknesses.
Still, it’s fun to work out, and turn what some see as scrap into something useful, and that doesn’t look too shabby (unless that’s what I was trying to make!).
And it keeps me out of trouble and in the shed, which is probably for the best.
So, if you want to help keep me busy – and fancy a shelf, tray or blackboard – head over to my shop page and get in touch.