Bespoke Projects

  • British Hardwoods School of Woodwork

    We are pleased to announce an exciting new venture for British Hardwoods starting early in the New Year. As part of our ongoing expansion, we have allocated space for a fully equipped teaching area, and have teamed up with experienced tutor Chris Tribe, who will be running a series of weekend woodwork courses, here at our premises in Yorkshire.

    Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Course Two day weekend courses at British Hardwoods School of Woodwork

    The courses are aimed at the beginner woodworker and will focus on hand tools, covering the basic techniques such as tool sharpening and maintenance, basic jointing and dovetailing. The courses provide a firm foundation in the essentials of woodworking; sharp tools, precise measuring and marking technique, accurate sawing and planing, and the development of a meticulous approach. From this basis, sound woodworking technique can be built. Mixing this with the “woody” environment at British Hardwoods should make the courses an interesting and stimulating experience.

    Two day weekend courses at British Hardwoods School of Woodwork Basic Skills Course

    Chris has been making furniture since 1975 and became a professional designer/maker in 1990. After many years experience teaching evening classes at Loxley College in Sheffield,  Huddersfield Technical College and then at Leeds College of Art and Design, Chris started teaching small groups in his own workshop. The popularity of his courses has meant that Chris now spends a good deal more of his time teaching than making, and we are pleased to be collaborating with him on this exciting new project.

    Chris Tribe Woodwork Courses Chris Tribe Woodwork Courses

    The courses dates are as follows:

    Tool Sharpening and Maintenance:

    13th-14th January 2018

    28th-29th April 2018

    18th-19th August 2018

    1st-2nd December 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Tool Sharpening and Maintenance Course

    Basic Skills:

    24th-25th February 2018

    9th-10th May 2018

    29th-30th September 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Basic Skills Course


    24th-25th March 2018

    14th-15th July 2018

    27th-28th October 2018

    For more information and availability, follow the link: Dovetailing Course

    Places on each course are limited, and some courses are already filling up, so please book early to reserve your place.

    If you’re not sure which course would best suit your needs, Chris would be happy to advise you. His full contact details can be found on his website:


  • Unique Wooden Greetings Cards by Proper Goose

    We are always extremely pleased to hear about what our customers make from the timber we supply to them. We were particularly interested to hear from a small creative company, based in the Surrey suburb of Hampton Court, who transform our thin wood boards into beautifully handcrafted cards and gifts.

    Here are a few words about the company and its products from Martha at Proper Goose . . .

    At Proper Goose we create original, unique greetings cards and gifts which can be personalised simply and easily. You’ll find a range of cards and gifts for all occasions, Birthday Cards, Anniversary Cards, Thank You Cards, Congratulation Cards and many more.

    Whilst we do classic cards, we also create beautiful wooden cards which come with a wooden stand so you can display them proudly on your mantelpiece. Our cards are finished with a satin coating to bring out the natural colour and beauty of the wood. Our wooden cards are packaged in a beautiful white and gold foiled envelope.

    All of our products are lovingly hand-made in our workshop in Hampton Court. All of our wood cards are made from Cherry, Maple or Walnut wood. We have a selection of wooden jewellery cards, which are perfect for a gift as they come with a piece of beautiful sterling silver jewellery.

    We also have a selection of drink cards featuring the most popular drinks such as mojitos, gin & tonic and many more, which are perfect for a cocktail enthusiast.

    Proper Goose are exhibiting their lovely handcrafted cards and gifts for the first time at the Handmade Show in Hampton Court in September. We wish them all the best and hope the show is a great success for them.

    To view the Proper Goose website which contains their full range of cards and gifts click here >>

  • British Hardwoods Office Renovation

    Visitors to our factory and showrooms here in Yorkshire will have noticed a few changes to our office recently. When we first moved here, more than 12 years ago, we didn't have time to worry too much about the floor that was put down in the office, our priority was to get our systems up and running as soon as possible. We think that now is a good time for an update and to take the opportunity to showcase our beautiful Engineered Wood Flooring.

    The British Hardwoods office is a lovely size (45m2 ) but we perhaps were not making the best use of the area. We decided to split our large rectangular office into two horseshoe shaped sections to provide us with much needed desk space. Our Managing Directory, Tony Fillingham, set the renovations in motion, and the following photos show his step-by-step process to date:

    Blurb A narrow rectangular section is removed from a floorboard in the centre of the room

    blurb Using a Fein multitool to cut across the remaining section of the board . . .

    blurb . . . the whole board is carefully removed from the adjoining floorboards

    blurb This "open" section is now drilled through to locate the position of the joist

    blurb With the joist located a newly machined oak newel post is secured in place

    blurb With the newel post in place the framework for the partition is quickly erected by Tony

    The framework is position With the framework now in position - the change in the layout of the office becomes apparent

    blurb Next, the partition framework is plasterboarded . . .

    blurb . . . and quickly skimmed with plaster

    blurb The plaster receives a coat of emulsion and is topped off with a beautiful oak shelf

    blurb David and Jamie looking pleased with the new layout

    blurb With the wiring and sockets now in place - we are ready to re-arrange the desks into the new layout

    All the work to the office so far has been undertaken solely by Tony - showing his all-round versatility. Despite a busy order book, our flooring department have managed to manufacture our new Engineered Classic Grade Oak Flooring.  We are always so busy that trying to find an appropriate time to lay it so as to cause minimal disruption is quite a challenge. Once the new floor is laid, we also plan to change all our desks to our own handmade oak desks - which should look truly beautiful.

    We are now looking forward to stage 2 and will keep our blog updated with new photos when we have them. Thank you to all our customers who have called in, for bearing with us whilst our renovations are in progress.

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