We all enjoyed a superb day at our Timber Shop Sale last Saturday. We welcomed a record number of visitors and it was lovely to see so many first-time callers along with lots of familiar faces.
A record number of visitors at British Hardwoods Open Day 2020
Plenty of special offer timber packs all ready for the sale
"The Blind Woodturner" Chris Fisher joined us giving woodturning demonstrations throughout the day. If you've not been lucky enough to see Chris at work, take a look at his YouTube channel, the work he creates, and his inspirational outlook, is a wonder to behold.
Special Guest - Chris Fisher "The Blind Woodturner" demonstrating his astounding woodturning skills
Chris rounding off a blank with care and precision
Chris adds an interesting texture to his bowl
We were also joined by local Artist Lisa Shackleton who demonstrated her pyrography skills to a spellbound audience. Willing participants were able to take a turn under Lisa's supervision and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Lisa Shackleton - Pyrography Artist - all set up for the day
Lisa demonstrating her pyrography skills to an interested audience
Two of the British Hardwoods team taking time out from a busy sale day to enjoy an artistic experience
Johnny seems to have found a new hobby
We were also joined by the West Riding Woodturners and Carleton Crafters who demonstrated their woodturning skills and happily chatted to fellow wood enthusiasts.
Woodturning demonstrations by the West Riding Woodturning Group
A busy day for this local woodturning group
Just some of the lovely crafts created by the group
Carleton Crafters also demonstrating their woodturning skills
Carleton Crafters concentrating on the task at hand
Some of the stunning designs created by the group
It was lovely to see Barry Bell's unique and unusual products hand-crafted from everyday items
Barry's quirky Steampunk Lamps gave a lovely glowing heat - each lamp completely unique
First time exhibitors at our Open Day - MdesignC
- with their beautiful handcrafted cheeseboards and knives
A big welcome back to Shaun's Woodwork with some lovely fretsaw work - beware of the ghosts!
More from Shaun - beautiful tea light holders and lamps
Local woodcarver Anthony Griffiths showcased the amazing detail in his beautiful carvings
Interesting and thought-provoking set pieces
It was lovely to see Wayne, Jill (and not forgetting Bertha) from the Little Oak Latch Company
Michael Ravey from Turnerford Oak joined us again with his lovely display of handcrafted items
Michael chiselling a dough bowl - it's always enjoyable seeing the crafters demonstrating their skills
Local company ToolWise displaying their wide range of power tool accessories
We're glad that Classic Hand Tools could join us again - with their very fine selection
Making a spoon - the traditional way with Classic Hand Tools - it's always essential to have a cuppa close at hand!
Turner's Retreat brought along some lovely exotic timber blanks
No open day would be complete without a Mebor Saw Mill demonstration
Tony draws a crowd of spectators as he demonstrates the efficiency of the superb Mebor
During an enjoyable and busy day, we were all kept well supplied with refreshments by a hardworking team of family members. Thanks to their hard work we raised more than £150 for Martin House Hospice on the day - a huge thank you to them and all who donated. Sam Conroy's lunchtime chilli went down a storm, raising funds for his upcoming Tanzania Outlook Expedition. Sam would like to pass on his thanks to all those who kindly donated.
The Fearnley team keeping us all going with a steady flow of hot drinks - well done chaps!
From all at British Hardwoods, we would like to say a big thank you to all our demonstrators and exhibitors; the success of the day is in large part down to them. Thank you also to all the British Hardwoods Team - a hardworking and dedicated group of people. Lastly, a huge thank you to all those who attended the event, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.