|New website launch|
UK Garden Arch website has now been launched, specialising in high quality unique garden arches.
|On 5th & 6th June I will be attending Toby Bucklands Garden Festival at Bowood House in Calne. Follow this link to read more. Gardenfest.|
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festivals are the most talked about garden events in the gardening calendar.
The events, hosted by the popular television gardening expert, have brought new life into the show scene with two-day, value for money, fun, festivals staged in stunning locations.
You can expect to see leading national and local nurseries and growers showcasing the best plants you’ll ever see, and be able to talk directly to the growers.
They are events for plant enthusiasts and for families alike with live music, good food, entertainment and interactive exhibits, all part of a friendly alternative to the larger gardening shows.
Well that's my June taken care of! Hopefully there will be loads of people attending (estimate expected 10k) and I will be really busy after June all the way through to the new year. I'm taking a huge amount of horseshoe sunflowers , some sculptures and garden furniture. Here's to a nice sunnay day where everyone gets their purses out to spend on iron!!
Blacksmith forging courses in the beautiful town of
Cirencester ‘The Capital of the Cotswolds’
with Wood & Iron Ltd
Why not try a weekend break with a difference!
Learn the basics of blacksmithing, including bending, twisting and cutting and scrolling,and take your creations home with you. Based in the Roman Corinium town of Cirencester in the Cotswolds, you can book either on a one day course or on a2 day course (weekends included so why not have a weekend break!)
Learn basic forging techniques including bending, scrolling, twisting.
Take your creations home with you (one on one day course, two on two. Learn a new skill, have fun and relax at the same time. Explore the surrounding area and countryside after you finish forging - See T&C’s belowComplete the booking form and send full payment to book your place and lunch
Cost is £120 per person for one day course and £260 per person for 2
Course information and dates– One day
Start at 10am and finish at 4pm
Bacon sandwich or pastries on arrival
Lunch at circa 1pm
Learning and forging one piece to take home
Course cost £120 per person
Bacon sandwich or pastries on arrival both days
Lunch at circa 1pm (both days)
The two day course you have learning and forging two pieces to take home
Course cost £260 per person
Contact Lizzie for course dates and booking form either by phone 07501 495879 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|March and April have been busy. My blacksmith forge is now up and running and I am getting on with all the commissions coming in for blacksmithing. |
I have loaded up a new section on the website under the gallery images to show off some products that people may be interested in, but so far the commissions have been bespoke requests. I also have some returning customers which is great news as my reputation grows. Nailsworth market was worth a visit last Saturday and we just got packed up before the heavens opened and the rain came down, great timing! I'm also looking forward to Nailsworth festival on Saturday 17th May which is Festival Saturday. There will be loads of entertainment in the town and I'm hoping for a busy day!
It's been surprising how much interest there is in a blacksmith and the amount of different things I am being asked for. Everything from well covers, fire/pit pokers, firesets, chairs, latches, hinges, railings, hay hooks and the list goes on....I can only presume that I'm making access to handforged iron work easy for people who don't know where to get hold of a blacksmith or didn't think they needed that piece of iron in the first place and just needed a little nudge from me!
But that's o.k, I'm more than happy to take on all this work! Lets hope it continues and I have am busier than ever!! April to June sees me in various places attending different shows and fairs and making sure my stock is kept at a decent level for my market stalls as well as finishing my bespoke commissions. Fire braziers and BBQ items will hopefully be popular as we've been promised a BBQ summer, I'll believe that when I see it! Have a good one and we'll speak next month, Lizzie.
|So February market gained a lot of interest, as there seemed to be more 'weekenders' around rather than the regular locals I see each month, although it is nice to chat to the locals! |
Loads of cards were taken away so I'm hoping for a few contacts post market day. One of the great things about chatting to locals is that you get to learn all sorts of things. Like where there is another blacksmith advertising for space to set up their forge, a commission for renovating a bench, which local fairs you should be exhibiting at! Looks like I'm going to have a full diary this summer.
I have now received my wood branding kit and I can also brand leather and card with it so it'll be exciting seeing how this piece of equipment develops as I get used to using it. I will start by branding some boxes with 'Nailsworth' and see how well they go down. But I have a freestyle pen with it so the world is my 'branding oyster'! I have also found somewhere to set up my blacksmiths forge and it seems just about perfect! Local, electricity, running water, commercial space, great access and parking, what more could I ask for! This has given me the impertus to get the limited company up & running (incorporated on 24th Feb 2014, how exciting!) and I can now apply for my new business manufacturing grant to kit me out properly. This means the start of a whole new adventure and I'm really looking forward to getting on with the 2 blacksmithing commissions I already have sitting in my in-tray.
I am booked for Marlborough Spring Fair at Marlborough College on 12th April, so do come along and see me there, I'll have some new stock on show and maybe one or two new iron pieces if I have the time! It's also a great day out for the family and raises money for Cancer Research so well worth a visit. Before then I have Didcot antiques fair and Newbury Antiques fair to attend (with my other business) and Nailsworth market again on 22nd March, so no rest for the wicked...:))
Have a good one,
|So January market was quiet (expected) until the last 5 minutes when I was trying to serve 3 people at once! What I think is great is when I make something for a specific purpose and someone comes along and sees a completely different use for it, but just as practical! They then buy my complete stock, fabulous that we all think in different ways, it's what makes the world go round.|
I'm eagerly waiting for the arrival of my new branding kit. It means I can do personalised branded wood products, from coat racks (have already written my first quote out) to branded wooden boxes, basically anything thats made of wood can be branded, a whole new world to explore and a unique service that you don't come across everyday. Another thing to help me stand out from the crowd and give me that creative edge.
I have left about 5-6 of my smallest coat racks at Emerald Frames Gallery in Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire. Cath - gallery owner and amazing picture framer, see my links page - is going to display them on the inside of her double doors so that when people leave the gallery this is the last thing they will see, hopefully some will be bought and it's another outlet for my business in a well healed area!
I still haven't found anywhere to put up my Blacksmiths forge yet, but have written to the owner of the empty property down the road from me, asking if I can rent it out, the worst he can say is no, don't expect a quick answer to this though, so am still looking.
I have booked into Marlborough Spring Fair in April, so do come along & see all my new stock on display and have a jolly good day out. My next market in Nailsworth is on Saturday February 22nd, hope to see you there, hope the rain stops and it warms up a bit before then! cheers Lizzie :)
|My first 5 months of my hobby turning into a business!|
So here I am 5 months into my hobby getting out of hand! It started with a couple of reclaimed wooden coat racks being made for friends and family and 5 months later I seem to not only be doing a full time job, but a part time job as well! I now have a permanent market stall every month at Nailsworth market, an adorable, up and coming trendy little town where I live. I also get a few commissions for coat racks out of this every month and I have my first blacksmiths commission lined up, even though I've only done one day of my course....may need to call in a professional....its a staircase!
I have joined forces with a friend to rent some extra space as I was beginning to spill onto the pavement outside my house with all the bits and pieces of reclaimed furniture and 'projects' which I seem to have lined up. He's setting up an antiques business so we're pretty well matched with the storage space we're after and we're doing our first antiques fair in March at Newbury, come & see us, http://www.iacf.co.uk/newbury
I'm hoping to sell quite a few old dark oak coat racks, all with vintage / antique hooks on them, hoping they'll be popular!
I am also taking a blacksmtihs course, and am so keen I've just bought myself a little forge on ebay to help me practice! Not sure my neighbours will be that happy about me setting it up though, may need to bribe them...
I had a good day at the Saturday market just before Christmas, was a good move to get lots of small things that would be good novelty presents for Christmas. Not sure if January will be busy, its the end of January rather than the beginning, so you never know, will just keep plugging away and getting my website up to date. I now have my eshop up & running so this may produce more business if I get my social media and SEO sorted out pretty quickly...more work......see you next month, Lizzie :)