Along with the new workshop comes the opportunity to be part of a cooperative of makers on site, Joining other woodworkers, Potters and guest makers there will be an array of unique and original items for sale, as well as the opportunity to order individual commissions with each maker in our new cabin style shop.Handmade in the Forest is situated in the main car park at Wentwood timber center.
Our first day of opening day will be the 11th of December 2017, trading hours will be Monday-Friday 8.30 – 4.30 and Saturdays 9.30 – 12.30. As this is a cooperative we will not always be around when the shop is open but contact us before you make a special visit to see us in person.If you require to visit us outside these time please contact us for an appointment.
We will soon have new signage for Handmade in the forest but if you are visiting us this week please follow the signs for Wentwood timber Center, directions on our location page
Whilst you are visiting why not take the opportunity to purchase your kiln dried hardwood firewood from Wentwood Timber center to keep you warm this winter. Best prices around South Wales for locally sourced dried hardwood.
2017 started full of enthusiasm and passion for creating and selling, Having high hopes to build upon our first few years selling of what we enjoy making the best. We had a lesser than expected event early March in London. From there on things have not gone to plan.
Discovering my Father was terminally ill in June put a hold on on making or creative thinking, With his eventual demise in July, I have been coming to term with the situation which you nay think is pretty normal stuff any person has to deal with, However we are talking about a highly skilled engineer who left me his life time collection of tools and machines, again sounds very fair being his only son. But what most will not realize and slightly under estimated by my self that 63 years worth of engineering mixed with nearly 40 years of woodworking tools does not fit into one smallish workshop in Caerleon.
So with new workshop sourced more than twice the size, the mammoth task of lorry and cranes, many hours of driving, pallet trucks, packing creates and all the relevant joys not too mention hard work of moving took place. ( Thanks to the few that helped ) Eventually everything got to one place at the beginning of November. (O yes did I mention having a stint in hospital with Blood poisoning in the middle of all that)
So know the slightly less daunting task of organizing the new space begins, sourcing 3 phase generator and hopefully getting back to fully operational in early 2018.
More news to follow on project commissions and our on site makers outlet we have called Handmade in the Forest not quite open yet, but will be open 6 days a week.
So my final paragraph is one of apologies for any body expecting to see me at events of which some we never booked and some we had to cancel, and for the one or two people I never got too contacting, as I am sure you are aware a one man operation with the sort of year I have had can take it toll on you and hopefully I can be forgive for for poor response times.I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Happy New year
New year is hear, I will be busy making stock for our up and coming shows for 2017. Check our events page to see where will be starting this year off.
Our little shop is always at hand should you need any gifts for special occasions this time of year. Please arrange a visit as we are not always in the workshop, evenings and weekends being the best.
We will endeavor to get more boards online for you to purchase. Pre Christmas was manic and didn’t complete my mission.
We have made some goods for hire for a January wedding, so if you need something for any events this year keep an eye out for a new page to show you what we have. Only going to do pick up for the moment.
Hope to see you all soon, And if you haven’t looked at the events page yet we are kicking this year of with the London Artisan on the 11th/12th March, This is in the old Truman Brewery on Brick lane East London,Excited to be going back to my roots.
We are opening the showroom in Ponthir outside the workshop on the following dates.
Tuesday 13th 16.30 – 20.00
Wednesday 14th 16-30 – 20.00
Thursday 15th 16.30 -20.00
Friday 16th 16-30 – 20.00
Saturday 17th 09.00 – 17.00
Monday 19th 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday 20th 09.00 – 17.00
We will be always be here during these times. But as usual you can contact us and make an appointment outside these.
We have a good selection of all your favorite goodies. We can now take card payments through izettle app. If it’s something specific you’ve seen throughout the year then check with us we have a selection.
Follow directions on the website. Then we are behind beds direct, then the gates to the right of the ringway building.
Come and find something different and unusual for a special gift. Items starting from £7.50 make a perfect stoking filler. All hand crafted here in Ponthir
under serving boards. (More stock coming soon) Remember the one you see is the ONE YOU GET. Not a message saying due the variations in timber !!!! We all know that, and that is why we want to fill our homes with individual pieces to impress our friends and family. So once the item is sold it will discapear from the site until we take another image and replace it. Go on keep us busy and buy online today. All prices are plus delivery too UK mainland. You’ve all been asking for this service for quite a while now, so if your friends likes the one you already have tell them where to look. You can arrange pick up from our showroom in Caerleon, but contact us before so we can disable the one you like, if not there will be others to choose when you get hear. If you still want to see us at all your favourite markets,check the events page to see where we will be next. Loads going on in the build up to Christmas look forward to being of service too you all soon
Cheers for now John Phillip