Wine Blogs
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Wine Blogs and Wine Influencers are becoming very popular these days and they’re growing their followers as people look for different avenues to explore and taste a wider range of wines. We’ve listed a number of Wine Blogs, Wine Influencers … Read More

Tenby Gin
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Tenby Gin distilled in the heart of Pembrokeshire has deservedly scooped up a number of awards over recent months. Created by Charlotte who runs the popular Nook & Cranny in the centre of Tenby, the Gin combines 8 botanicals in … Read More

Penderyn Distillery
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Penderyn Distillery based near Brecon Beacons in the small town of Aberdare, Penderyn has quickly become one of the top award winning distilleries for Welsh Whisky. Penderyn Whisky can be purchased directly online here One of our particular favourites is … Read More

Vineyards of Wales
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We’ve compiled a short list of our favourite Vineyards of Wales that we’re hoping to visit over the next few months. We will be tasting and sampling their award winning wines and adding to this blog over time. Cwm Deri … Read More

Hampshire Vineyards
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HAMPSHIRE VINEYARDS  A short list of Hampshire Vineyards. Hampshire is growing massively in terms of recognition as a region of award winning wine growers and Vineyards. I thought I would list out a few local to the workshop that I … Read More

Danebury Vineyard
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During English Wine Week last week I was invited along to Danebury Vineyards to see where they grow grapes for their award winning wines.  I was fortunate to have chosen one of the hottest days of the year which coincided … Read More

Kitchen Design Display
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Following an amazing repsonse to one of my clients recent wine rack photos in their award winning kitchen, I was keen to get some more showroom style shots with stunning backdrops. After a conversation with Porcelanosa, I was lucky enough … Read More

Wine Days 2020
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Here’s a list of key wine days 2020 to look out for this year. These have been consolidated from a number of different lists into a single set. If we’ve missed any then please comment and add below. February 18th … Read More

How to store wine at home
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Having recently read a number of articles on this topic, I’ve decied to create my own list of top tips on how to store wine at home. There are a number of key elements to consider when choosing a wine … Read More

The Independent English Wine Awards 2020
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I’ve teamed up with the Independent English Wine Awards once again for 2020. Last year I created and supplied two trophy awards to the winners – The wines jusdged Best Sparkling and Best Still 2019.  I was delighted to be … Read More

2019 All wrapped up
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The workshop is now closed and 2019 all wrapped up. However, I will probably squeeze in a bit of design time at home as I have a number of designs and ideas to launch in 2020. Reflecting on a busy … Read More

Porsche VIP Christmas Boutique Event
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On Thursday Dec 19th I’ll be exhibiting some of my designs at Porsche Portsmouth Christmas Event. Address: Lakeside Business Park, Western Rd, Portsmouth PO6 3PQ. Time: 18:00 – 20:00 I will be joined by some local retailers offering a range … Read More

Christmas Wine & Gin Events
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With so many events in the lead up to the festive period, I thought I would pick out my favourite Christmas Wine Gin Events which I hope to attend. These are listed purely in date order. There are of course … Read More

all stocked up ready for christmas
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I’ve been busy following a few trips to the quarries in Wales to source new stock. It’s a long trip but one I absoloutely love making. Spending time in the mountains and the fresh air re-energises and motivates me to … Read More

Location location location….
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Location Location Location. It’s great to have a consistent product shoot and this works well for the website, however people don’t then get to see how a rack would look in its final location, all full up with wine. So … Read More

2019 Planning
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Now the festive season is out the way, I’ve been head down and busy planning 2019. Although we’ve had a little cold snap, I’ve not lost much workshop time so far. This picture was taken down at the workshop early … Read More

Christmas 2018 Dates
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Things are pretty hectic in the workshop at the moment so please bare with us, we will get to all of your orders. Some are out in transit, ready for collection and bespoke commissions are nearing completion over the next … Read More

It’s on Ice
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Drilled from a single piece of slate. Larger than normal. Designed specifically for Champagne and Prosecco. Chiseled edges. These coolers will keep your favourite bottles chilling nicely. Ice can be added to these and it won’t leak, due to the … Read More

Dancing Ledge
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I took inspiration from the Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast for this piece. Dancing Ledge is a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff. A little scrampbling is required to access.  Dancing Ledge is so … Read More

Workshop Open
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After a week away in sunnier climates, I’m now back in the workshop catching up on orders. I’ve got a number of bespoke job in progress, including standard wine racks, gin ledges and a combination of both. I’ve also been … Read More

Light them up
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After a few beers with some mates, one of which was an electrician, I’ve come up with a new design which very neatly incorporates a small LED light into my design. I focused on the ledge racks initially and was … Read More

Running Water
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With the Beast from the East and it’s second smaller phase, the cold snap burst the main water feed into the workshop which halted all core drilling. This didn’t stop me though as I was able to get on with … Read More

Happy Valentines
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When you can’t find what you’re looking for then you just have to make it yourself. Two pieces of slate, same size and shape, both equally carved with half a heart on each, engraved with ‘you complete me’. Symbolise the … Read More

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
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One of my favourite designs will be on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. This is a stunning welsh slate window stone and is currently being hand carved with lettering and poppies.

Happy New Year 2018
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I would just like to wish all my Clients, both existing returning customers who keep coming back year on year and also new prospective customers a very Happy New Year ! 2017 was my busiest year yet with some stunning … Read More

Christmas delivery deadlines
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Please note the following dates for Christmas deliveries. Dec 18th is the deadline for online orders to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Dec 22nd is the deadline for collections direct from the workshop. The workshop will then be closed … Read More

Gin Time
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The recently launched Gin & Tonic racks have proved to be very popular and the ideas and possibilities are endless with these.  I’ve had lots of bespoke orders with clients choosing a mix of various size holes.Here’s a few more … Read More

Gin & Tonic anyone
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The Gin craze seems to be going from strngth to strength with new distilleries opening up almost weekly and more established brands introducing more flavours and twists on their orginail recipes. I thought I’d try and come up with a … Read More

Photo Shoot
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I was lucky enough to book in a professional photo shoot with a talented local photographer as I was keen to capture the striking beauty of some of my more recent racks. The previous shoot produced some fantastic images and … Read More

The beauty of stone
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My job is quite simple, work the slate / stone to expose the inner beauty. Some pieces are easier than others. Here’s an absolutely beautiful example of the finest Portland Stone. Even the cores that came out are jam packed … Read More

New Team Member
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A big warm welcome to the newest member of the team. #63mm. These are normally a quiet bunch but once they get going they can be quite noisy.

Scaling
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Getting some big clients on board who have very specific requirements. Here’s part of a large order for 6 x hole wine racks

Big Racks
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During a recent quarry visit, I was lucky enough to pick out some stunning pieces of slate. Certain sizes seem to gain a lot of interest so I was on the look out for some specific sizes and shapes. It’s … Read More

Portland Stone Wine Racks
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2019 UPDATE – buy my Portland Stone Wine Racks at Contemporary Slate and Stone website I’m slowly working my way through drilling out lumps I recently collected from Portland. There’s a real mix and I’m starting to get a much … Read More

Portland
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I recently took a day out of the office and made a trip down to the quarry in Portland, Dorset. I’d had a few orders come in for a bespoke drinks dispenser, wine rack and house sign so made the … Read More

Easter in Pembrokeshire
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I’ve just returned to the workshop after a short trip to Pembrokeshire for Easter. We had a great 5 x days down in Pembrokeshire and were lucky enough to catch up with family visiting from Scotland and able fit so … Read More

Super Wine Wednesday
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It’s been my busiest Wine Wednesday ever this week with 5 racks going out the door today. Here’s a few that have just been sold from the website. Running low on stock now so I need to plan another quarry … Read More

Double Trouble
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A lovely piece of Portland Stone full of fossils and features. Sawn base allows this piece to stand proud, with chiseled sides and top. 2 x holes drilled for taps and another 2 for you to add your favourite bottles. … Read More

On the rocks
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After the launch of my first stone drinks dispenser I’ve had loads of enquiries of all shapes and sizes.  I knew these would be popular but didn’t realise just how much interest there would be in these. So after a … Read More

Wine Wednesday
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This week seems to be all about 10 x holers. Both returning Clients and now up to 3 x racks each. This first rack requires prepping and letter carving with names and dates for a Summer wedding and then delivery … Read More

Drumtochty Castle
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I recently engraved this slate wine rack for a couple who got married at Drumtochty Castle back in January.  Great gift to celebrate and remember your wedding day.

Spring has sprung
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At this time of year my focus and attention turns towards drilling up slate water features as the rush to get garden designs delivered and completed in time for the Summer so people can enjoy them. I design and make … Read More

Promo Video
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Over the past few months I’ve been working closely with Broken Physics on the production of a short promotional video with the aim to give an insight into some of my work at Slate Wine Racks.

Scottish Rack
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Here’s one of my racks in it’s new home up in Scotland. This is looking very sharp and blends nicely with the rustic wood alongside. This has given me quite a few ideas, so watch this space.

Not so Dry January
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Quite a few larger racks being sold this month and there I was thinking it would be quiet with dry January.

Christmas 2016
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With the build up to Christmas always being a mad panic rush, it was nice to really relax and have some much needed time off with the family. The kids had been good this year so they were spoilt and … Read More

Carrara Marble Wine Racks
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2019 UPDATE – buy Marble Wine Racks on my Contemporary Slate & Stone website After months of planning, organising logistics, building a new website and hours of drilling, my latest deisgn is complete and ready for launch. I’m pleased to … Read More

Next project
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I’ve been busy working on my lstest project for many months and finally I have received a delivery. This is not my normal material and sourcing it has proved to be quite a challenge. I can’t say much more at … Read More

Hamble Lifeboat Station
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During a visit down to the cafe one saturday morning with the kids, I spotted a battered sign that was attached to a barrier outside the brand new Hamble lifeboat station. I was a bit upset to see such a … Read More

It’s the little things in life
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I’ve recently completed this design. 1460mm high x 250mm wide. 30mm thick 150mm diameter hole Engraved with: “It’s the little things in life….” The aim here was to create something nice and simple to frame a view in the garden … Read More

Westest VW Festival
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I was recently asked to design and make a number of trophies out of Pembrokeshire Slate for the first ever Westest VW Festival based in Pembrokeshire.  These were for a range of categories for vans on display at the show, … Read More

Fit for Felix
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A friend and I recently took part in the #fitforfelix West Meon 100 miley cycle ride. This was to raise money for a great cause, helping a brave young boy to walk again. The event was sold out and it … Read More

Pembrokeshire Slate
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Each piece has its own unique markings and character, but this piece has an abundance of colour. This is a fine example of premium pembrokeshire slate.

The Sloop
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I recently delivered this personalised slate wine rack to the famous Sloop in Porthgain, Pembrokeshire. If you haven’t visited yet then you’re missing out. An excellent pub in a stunning location.

Carolyn’s People
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These personalised slate wine racks make great gifts for all kinds of celebrations. Contact me to discuss your requirements for engraving and personalising.

Star of the show
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It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that this rack is leaving the workshop and will be in a new home very soon. This rack proved to be a big hit and featured in a number … Read More

Birthday Gift
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A recent client was kind enough to send me a picture of this lovely slate wine rack which was a Birthday Gift. It’s always great to see where my racks end up.

Happy Hour
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I had a few off cuts lying around and a bit of time to experiment so thought I would try developing something that would sit comfortably on a stylish bar and provide safe secure placement for a number of shot … Read More

Survived January
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So, managed to survive another January. Normally it’s quiet and it gives me a chance to stock up ready for Spring, however this year it’s been far from quiet. I’ve got a stunning display in Netley Village with my slate … Read More

Perfect Fit
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It’s great to see where my Wine Racks end up.  This fits perfectly into a dead area at the end of a run of floor to ceiling cupboards.  This looked stunning in a South London home which had recently undergone … Read More

Winchester Wine Festival
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I was lucky enough to get involved in the Winchester Wine Festival which was held in the stunning guild hall in Winchester, hosted and run by Susie and Peter from the BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen. This was a fanstastic event where … Read More

Advent Calendar
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So it’s that time of year again when everyone’s busy planning and getting ready for Chirstmas. One of those actions is the advent calendars for the kids but there aren’t that many for adults, unless you’re into your wine of … Read More

The Space Saver
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Introducing another new design where the main focus is on saving space. I’ve been knocked back by so many Bars & Restaurants that are unable to display my wine racks due to a shortage of floor space, I decided to … Read More

Advertising on Slate Coasters
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Slate Coasters are an ideal way to advertise your Bar, Business, Cafe or Restaurant. These can be engraved with a name, website, logo or both.  Coasters are an in-expensive way to raise awareness of your Business or Brand, whilst reflecting … Read More

Evening Run
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Ok, so I know this isn’t strictly related to my designs, however I managed to get this awesome picture of the sun bursting through a Slate sculpture at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, whilst I was out on a … Read More

The Dragon Rack
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Recently completed this small rack with the welsh dragon engraved on the side. This has given me a great idea for a new competition to run on social media so watch this space.

New Workshop
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After a really busy year, I’ve had to expand and move into a bigger workshop. New workshop address is; Unit 1 Old Netley Farm Grange Road Netley Southampton SO31 8GD It’s taken me a while to move the 25 tonne … Read More

On the Move
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After 8 years at my workshop on Berry Farm I’m on the move.  The Developer’s are coming in and building a staggering 166 x houses on the site so I’ve managed to secuare another workshop not too far away, still … Read More

Record sold rack !
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My 41 x holer is now in its new home and ready to be filled with some nice bottles of fine wine.  Our record rack is still available on this site for purchase and is 42 holes ! I will … Read More

Find the Wonderful in today
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Stunning piece of Portland Stone engraved with ‘FInd the Wonderful in Today’. The drill holes on the right hand side is where the stone was drilled ready for blasting. I think this adds more character to the piece with this … Read More

Congratulations Andrew & Kelly Gittins
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Congratulations Andrew & Kelly on your recent Wedding ! This is a small 3 x holer wine rack with a super polished edge, almost to a mirror finish, with their names and wedding date engraved onto the slate. This one … Read More

UK Vine Magazine
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A big Thanks to James and the team at UK Vine Magazine who have just printed a great piece on my slate wine racks that I produce.  This is a relatively new magazine and I’m so pleased to be featured … Read More

Ben & Vikki
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Were the winners of my latest Facebook competition where they were lucky enough to win a 5 x hole wine rack personalised with the engravings of their names and their special day. This is a stunning rack with a smooth … Read More

Record Rack !
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Here it is ! The largest rack in the workshop, standing at approximately 6ft in height. This rack will store 42 x bottles of your finest wine. This is certainly one to impress your mates with. This has a sawn … Read More

Grand Prix Ball 2015
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I was fortunate to have my slate wine racks on display recently at the 2015 Grand Prix ball at the iconic Hurlingham Club ! These racks were providing a display point for the award winning Stonegorge 1908. More details of … Read More

Deliveries
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I do get to see some stunning places when I deliver my wine racks and also meet some amazing people. I did ignore the no parking signs to get this shot!

The Welsh Connection
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I recently delivered this stunning piece to a Client who was originally from Wales. We had a great chat about North Wales and I was pleased to hear when they told me his Dad used to work in the mines … Read More

Come wine with me
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A Client was looking for a 4 x hole wine rack engraved with a fun, friendly message for their own kitchen.  They came up with this phrase which is a twist on the come dine with me tv show. I … Read More

The Wedding Season
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It’s the Wedding Season and I’ve got a load of racks already delivered and more in the queue which I can only reveal once they’re been presented. Pleased to share this one which has gone back to Wales and was … Read More

Keep Chilled!
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With the temperatures set to soar on the South Coast next week in a record heat wave, I’m sure these will prove to be popular again.  These are drilled out as wine racks with a further central drill hole, top … Read More

Remember Your wine
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Fed up of people drinking your wine ! if you spend ages researching and sourcing your favourite wines then you want to make sure you get to drink it aswell. The solution is simple – a personalised wine rack, with … Read More

Bistro8 Sail Shaped Wine Rack
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Please to announce my wine racks can be viewed and purchased in this stunning new Bistro situated perfectly alongside the River Hamble. Sat within the marina itself, the decor is stunning and the food equally to match. The Bistro has … Read More

There’s house signs and there’s house signs !
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My Client was looking for a house sign but didn’t want the normal rectangle house sign on the front of his house. This was a new modern bespoke build and it really needed something different.  I proposed a Monolith style … Read More

Bars & Restaurants
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I’ve recently finished another 15 of these rustic slate wine racks which provide an elegant point of sale platform for the stunning stonegorge1908.  These will be appearing in the best Bars and Restaurants of the South Coast shortly.

Father’s Day
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Stuck for what to get for Fathers Day ? Why not go for a personalised wine/beer/spirit/spice rack for Dad’s kitchen!

Spice Racks
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I really enjoy making and creating new designs so when a new Client approached me and requested a matching wine rack and spice rack I was keen to get started.  I had to purchase a new drill bit to meet … Read More

Wedding Season
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I’ve been really busy in the workshop these last few weeks with orders for Wedding Wine Racks.  I engrave these with the names and dates of the lucky couple, which make great gifts to remember a very special day.