Bespoke Projects

  • Handcrafted Wych Elm Tabletop

    If you follow us on our social media channels you will recall a post we made about our MD, Tony Fillingham, showcasing a bespoke tabletop project. The project has recently completed and we couldn't contain our excitement in sharing the photos of the finished product before the customer came to collect it.

    To give our new readers some background into the provenance and timber used, we acquired a Wych Elm log from Banff in Scotland. The log was sawn into 4" slabs and kiln-dried onsite. The log produced impressive slabs and one in particular stood out perfectly for the project. The board was sanded down to 2.5" thick and stretched to 30" wide, 7ft long and pre-finished with Osmo Hardwax Oil in Satin Clear. The tabletop was mounted onto a custom made ultra clear perspex legs at 30mm thick and polished edges.

    So, we will now let the photos speak for themselves.

    Wych Elm tabletop before oiling

    Wych Elm tabletop close up

    Tony next to his creation of the Wych Elm tabletop

    Tony giving a final buff to the Wych Elm tabletop

    Wych Elm tabletop complete with ultra clear perspex legs

    Wych Elm tabletop complete with ultra clear perspex legs

    Wych Elm tabletop in customer's dining room

    If you're interested to know more about this project or have something similar in mind, feel free to visit us or contact our very helpful Sales Team at

  • 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 >>

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