Heartwood Crafts

Unique, individual creations for the home and garden.

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Lychgate - £700

Lychgates stand at the entrance to many churchyards and were once the resting place of a coffin awaiting burial (lych means 'body'). These days, it has more to do with the photo opportunities available for weddings and christenings! I've seen many lychgates around the Peak District and this one is a composite of some of them along with added raised gardens. It is built upon a natural stone base with a footprint of 90cm x 60cm (36 in x 24in) and stands approx. 42cm (17in) tall. 

The other materials used are locally sourced Mandale limestone (which contains 300 million year old crinoid and bi-valve fossils), Amazone grey and beige limestone, oak, mild steel, copper and lead. The two watering troughs are not attached to the main base and can be removed or moved as desired.

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Lockdown Mill - Commission

Lockdown Mill is a piece commissioned by a client to add to his garden pond and water fall called Lockdown Falls. The design of the mill was finalised by consultation with my client. Water will run through the channel where the wheel would have been and the top section of the main building can be used as a bird bath or bird feeder. Steel lifting beams where incorporated to add realism and for bird perches too. 

It is built upon a natural stone base with a footprint of approximately 90cm x 60cm (36 in x 24in) and stands approx. 80cm (31in) tall. The other materials used are locally sourced Mandale limestone (which contains 300 million year old crinoid and bi-valve fossils), Amazone grey and beige limestone, oak, mild steel, copper and lead. 

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Cloister Well - £650 - SOLD

Built on a stone base from locally sourced Mandale limestone and grey and beige Amazone limestone and copper, this piece has a footprint of 60cm x 30cm (24in x 12in) and stands approx. 32cm (13in) tall. It weighs approximately 20kg. Here, I am continuing the theme of a ruined building falling into history but being repurposed and having a living garden amid the decay.

This piece is based on the many ruined and maintained cloisters that I have seen over the years. The watering trough is not fixed to the base and so can be moved around or taken off the piece if desired.

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Cottage Garden - £450

Built on a stone base from locally sourced Mandale limestone, Amazone grey and beige limestone and oak, this piece has a footprint of 60cm x 30cm (24in x 12in) and stands approx. 35cm (14in) tall. It weighs approximately 20kg. Continuing the theme of a ruined building having a living garden and so turning what would be a ruin into a place of peace and beauty.

The idea of the permanence and the triumph of nature is a strong theme for me. All things must pass but, we should live in the beauty we can find in every moment. Sometimes, you just have to look for it.

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Abbot's Garden - £450 SOLD

Built on a stone base from locally sourced Mandale Limestone, Amazone grey and beige limestone and oak, this piece has a footprint of 60cm x 30 cm (24in x 12in) and stands approx. 30cm (12in) tall. The inspiration behind this project came after a visit to an Abbey that had been destroyed in the Reformation.

The past grandeur of the building in contrast to the working garden that it still had is reflected in this piece. The fossils in the Abbey floor and the living garden reflect the passing of time and the temporary nature of everything.

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Tumbledown Farm - £600

Built on a stone base from locally sourced Mandale Limestone, Amazone beige limestone and oak, this piece has a footprint of 60cm x 30 cm (24in x 12in) and stands approx. 40cm (16in) tall. The inspiration for this project came from seeing the many derelict farms and barns that dot the land in the Peak District in Derbyshire. 

The sadness of their slow decline and the passing of a more innocent age is what I wished to capture. The addition of a small walled garden that has plants added along with others inside the shell of the building mirror nature returning to reclaim what man has used and abandoned.

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Hammerbeam Hall - £1500

Built on a solid stone base having a 90cm x 60cm (36in x 24in) footprint and standing approx. 50cm (20in) tall. It is hand crafted from various materials including Amazone grey and beige limestones, oak, glass, pewter, brass and copper.

The Hammerbeam that the hall is named for, is taken from an original medieval designed roof support and used here in the manner intended. The interior walls are painted with white masonry paint and along with the stained glass effect windows, lets sunlight give a beautiful rainbow coloured lighting inside.

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Kerry's Keep - £400 - SOLD

Built around an old chimney pot, this planter stands approx. 50cm (20in) high on a stone base which has a footprint of 60cm x 60cm (24in x 24in). The materials used are Amazone beige limestone, slate, tile, granite, glass and brass.

When planted with colourful flowers and ivy, the creation comes to life. 

It could alternatively be used for umbrella or walking stick storage in a hall or conservatory. 

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Unkempt Keep - £600 SOLD 

Built around an old square chimney pot, this planter stands approx. 62cm (24in) high on a stone base which has a footprint of 60cm x 60cm (24in x 24in). The materials used are grey and beige limestones, slate, tile, granite, glass, cedar, steel, copper and brass.

Inspired in part by Peveril Castle in Castleton, Derbyshire, this creation shows a former battle hardened keep that is now reused as a shabby and appealing home. Time has softened it's edges but, it's still got life yet! Use as a planter or an umbrella and walking stick store.

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Oak Blanket Chest   SOLD

This is a commission piece. It is made of American White Oak, hand made iron hinges and rope handles. The finish is several layers of a clear wax.

A nautical feel was requested for the item and so the handles and basic design, suggested by the relics found on recovered wreckage of the Tudor battleship The Mary Rose, were incorporated.

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Green Slate Cottage - £650 SOLD

As the name suggests, this piece contains green slate as the main material for the cottage walls. It is built upon a natural stone base with a footprint of 90cm x 60cm (36in x 24in) and stands approx. 50cm (20in) tall. The other materials used are beige limestone, oak, cedar, glass and brass.

There is a log store at the side of the cottage which could be used as a an insect box if wanted.

the doors open to reveal the oak frame of the structure and the oak beams in the roof.

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Various Creations

I create many different items in my workshop. Ideas and inspiration are found in what I see around me in the natural and man made world. Where possible, I recycle items to give them a new life and purpose. Recent materials used include driftwood, floorboards, leather horse tack, pebbles, stone and even barbed wire!   


All the items made are individual and often one-off, unique creations.

I take these items to the craft fairs I attend with the selection available changing constantly. 

 

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Chalice Tower - £650 SOLD

Built on a bed of sea worn rocks and pebbles, this project is to grace an island in the centre of a garden pond with the water coming up to the steps and around the rocky base. It is made of mainly beige limestone with other types used for the main window surrounds and the steps. 

Also used are slate, marble, glass, brass and tile. The sphere on the top of the tower is bronze effect pottery.

The tower has a footprint of approx. 90cm x 60cm (36in x 24in) and stands approx. 104cm (41in) tall.


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Heartwood Planters

Each planter is different. Made with American White Oak or cedar end panels with steel rods holding the planters together, the main plates are made of various natural materials such as slate, marble, granite, stone etc. The wood is either waxed or oiled and the main plates are sealed.

These planters are made with the intention of being used on a window sill, for herbs maybe, or as decorative piece for a table or similar. 

Two sizes are usually available:

 The larger measures approx.  450mm (w) x 215mm (d) x 110mm (h) - (18in x 9in x 6in). The larger size comes with a plastic planter liner.

The smaller measures approx. 350mm (w) x 170mm (d) x 110mm (h) - (14in x 7in x 5in).


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Wolf Hall - £400 SOLD

The hexagonal design is inspired by a Chapter House. I wanted to make something that brought to mind a meeting place. As the project progressed, it evolved to be more like a viking or medieval meeting hall. The materials used are Amazone beige limestone, marble, slate, copper and brass.

Mounted on base with a footprint of approx. 60cm x 60cm (24in x 24in), Wolf Hall could double as a garden ornament and hedgehog home.

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Elf House £300  SOLD

This is the first project of this type that I made. It now resides near the top of my garden in pride of place. I learnt a great deal in the process of making this.

Made of oak, slate, copper, glass and river pebbles, the Elf House stands approx. 60cm (24in) high.

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