After the inevitable lockdown delays, we have finally completed this bed structure for an Edinburgh client based on designs by Jo Aynsley of Jeffreys Interiors. One of our more technically challenging commissions, I find it best to focus on the end result rather than the months (or was it years) it took to build! Image by Nick Callaghan.
A quick snap of some bookcases delivered for a study in Haddington. This dark mahogany finish was a first for us and everyones elbows are suffering after two days of hand waxing!
We completed the cabinetry for this study last year as part of a Jeffreys Interiors project but have just received these high quality photographs from ZAC and ZAC photographers. Click here for more images.
An exciting new project for us in Edinburgh working with Jeffreys Interiors. Here are the initial designs for a children's bed that we have already started constructing in the workshop. It will be a few months before this is in place along with a number of other pieces of. cabinetry. - updates to follow.
If you are around and about in Haddington over the next couple of weeks you will find wheelbarrow planters dotted around the town as part of Blooming Haddington's entry into the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards. Here is our contribution, a newly built wooden wheelbarrow parked outside our workshops in Knox Place. Just need to figure out how to keep the plants alive until the judges arrive!
Just finished some oak pantry cabinets to compliment an existing kitchen in East Lothian. We selected some impressive sections of figured timber for the book-matched door panels. Internally there are pull-out oak boxes for baking and other dried foodstuff allowing these to be kept neatly together for storage and preparation.
We were delighted to lend a hand with this year's 20th anniversary Gardening Scotland show garden at Ingliston designed by Lynn Hill Garden Design constructing a pallet wood shelving unit for their cocktail bar. Great turn out despite the weather!
Here are some painted bookcases that we recently constructed for a client in Edinburgh. Designed for a modern house, the bookcases have clean lines and handle free doors as well as dimmable LEDs to allow control over the backlighting.
We have just completed our third set of bunk beds for a house in East Lothian, this time incorporating two additional pull out beds behind the skirting allowing a sleep over for six. As always we have included some secret compartments that I hope the kids will have some fun with. A great colour choice by the clients who opted for F&B Elephant's Breath (not sure what it's been inhaling!). We have several recent commissions that haven't yet made it onto the website as I am still to arrange photography. I will endeavour to sort this out soon along with better images of this one.
After several months of demolition, construction and refurbishment (not necessarily in that order) we are delighted to announce the opening of our new workshop in Haddington on Saturday, 8 December 2018 and would like to extend an invite to anyone and everyone who would like to have a look around our new premises at 5A Knox Place (site of the old Chocolate Tree factory, opposite Knox Academy).
Pick up a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine while browsing around some of our smaller commissions that we hope to borrow from their owners, alongside photographs and 3D CAD models of our kitchens and fitted bespoke furniture. Hope to see you there.
Designs for our latest kitchen commission for a cottage in East Lothian are complete and construction is well underway. This is a kitchen with a mixture of painted and oiled oak designed to fit in a newly refurbished light and airy room.
Just finished the initial design work on this set of bunk beds. Looking forward to seeing these develop in the workshop over the next wee while.
A sneak preview of some bedroom furniture leaving the workshop this week. Better images to follow.
If you happen to be passing a magazine stand, do pick up a copy of this month's Good Homes. We have the kitchen above in an article on pages 141 - 146. More detail on this kitchen here.
We have just completed this wine cellar for a client in East Lothian. Made from solid oak it holds 600 bottles with racking of various sizes to suit the client's current and future collection. I'll be heading back there in the new year to see it fully stocked so will post more photos then. I am just trying to work out if I can justify installing one of these in our own house. Surely everyone should have a wine cellar!
Here are a few photographs of cabinetry work we have carried out for Humbie Hub over the last year, installing the post office and cafe counters as well as the display cabinets and storage. The Hub, as its name suggests, has become a real focal point for the village and surrounding area and is attracting people from far and wide. I only wish it had been there when I lived in the village 15 years ago! Business has been good for them and they are now looking for additional display cabinets for local pottery and craft work. If you've not already been there for lunch or just a coffee and cake then please do, it is well worth the trip.
An ongoing piece of work for Glenkinchie Distillery, making use of pear trees that were taken down as part of landscaping works in their grounds. So far we have used the thinnest branches to make wooden coasters and whisky miniature holders for sale in the gift shop, and we have the rest of the timber drying off in a stack for future projects. Several pairs of sturdy gloves and some finger prints were lost in the sanding of these. Michael is still locked out of his phone!
We've just finished installing an off-the-shelf kitchen for a client in Edinburgh who was looking to enhance the standard cabinets with solid elm worktops, shelving and other details. Inspired by the finger or box joints commonly used in Scandinavian drawers, the worktop and haffets were completed with oversized finger joints adding visual interest to both top and side surfaces. It took four of us an hour to lift the completed worktop sections up four flights of stairs. I think they would look equally nice in balsa wood.
A newly completed kitchen for clients in Milngavie who were looking for a traditional shaker style kitchen of solid oak with a refitted pantry in an adjacent space. More photos to follow soon on the Kitchen page.
£1,700 And Rising
We all had a fantastic time at the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon last weekend and managed to finish 7th in 9hrs 33mins, which of course now means Innes wants to return to win it. Not sure how many more years my knees will take that kind of punishment though!
I am approaching £1,700 raised for Mary's Meals and Mercy Corps, so thanks very much to everyone who has already very generously donated to these charities. There was a lot more interest at the event and I was asked to hold off doing the draw to allow more donations to come in this week. So the draw will now be held on Monday 21st July to allow a final few raffle tickets to be sold.
Good luck to those with tickets!
I am taking part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon next weekend with my son Innes. The event involves a 1.3km swim, a 25km hill run, a 11km kayak and a 57km cycle. I will be happy to finish but Innes wants to finish in the top 10. Really looking forward to it!
We are fundraising for Mercy Corps and Mary's Meals, the event's nominated charities and I am offering the oak rocking chair below as a raffle prize to go to one lucky donator. If you would like to donate and be entered into the raffle (one ticket per £5 donated), you can find our fundraising page at
All donations to these excellent charities are gratefully received.
Finally got round to updating the site with a few photos of the finished manse kitchen. I will create a page for this commission with more detail about the build when I get a moment but am very busy now on my second kitchen for clients in Glasgow. Click below for larger images.
Some updated 3D modelling images and workshop progress photos. Kitchen is due to be installed in December, so I had better get my finger out!
Some of the real life cabinets taking shape in the workshop.
I have recently started a kitchen and dining room commission for an old manse house in Fife. The kitchen is being built from solid oak with a fumed (darker) finish, with glass sliding doors, concealed appliances and slate worktops. Although I often produce hand drawings, I have used 3D modelling software here to assist with the design process and it has proven extremely useful for layout and scale decisions. The image above is a view from the dining room into the kitchen and although some of the colours and textures are not perfect it has helped the clients to get a better feel for what the kitchen could look like. Further tweaks are likely and I will post more as the work progresses. I should probably put some handles on the doors for a start!
While waiting on the materials and timber for my next kitchen commission, I am giving my work horse a bit of a spruce up. The van is a 1978 Renault Estafette imported from the South of France and has proved itself very useful over the last year particularly for restoration work. However as you can see from the photos, it was not the prettiest of vehicles on the road and my children have reminded me of this at every opportunity.
This has been my first vehicle respray and unfortunately I have had to do this all outside because of its size which has made for some additional challenges not faced in the spray booth, like trying to land paint on the surface evenly in a 15 mph wind with only 6 hours until the next forecast rain shower and with weather 10 degrees below the recommended application temperature.
Despite this, it is beginning to take shape and assuming I can remember where everything goes it should be out of my workshop just in time for the arrival of 2.5 tonnes of timber.