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  1. Driftwood collecting...

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    Well we are just back from another trip to Wales where we took the opportunity to collect some more driftwood.

    It's amazing what you can find while scouring the beaches of Pembrokeshire - we've found a beacon sent out by an Arts Centre in the Irish Republic, one of hundreds released during a festival. We've also found half a dead cow (no pictures of this!). On the whole though it tends to be a really nice activity in itself and on our last visit we came across a couple of guys who had created a compass style map of GB about the size of half a football pitch, out of brooms. Really was amazing.

    We tend to look for two different thicknesses of driftwood. A smaller size to be about as big as your finger which we use to go around picture frames and mirrors and which we also use to make dangles. We also look for larger or chunkier driftwood pieces, perhaps with a bit more character, which we generally tend to make into tealight or candle holders. We always look for clean driftwood with the smaller pieces well blanched white by the sun and sea. Once collected, all pieces are soaked in clean fresh water, well scrubbed and cleaned then checked for any unsound timber which is removed. The driftwood is then left in open cover for several weeks to dry out naturally. During the drying process I check and turn the driftwood regularly and finally before use it is checked again to ensure it is sound.

    I'll post again soon during my next project to show how I make some of my projects but in the meantime here is a selection of what I've made before.

    Any comments or questions welcome

    David

    driftwood pic frame 1triple tealight 2

  2. Driftwood

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    Just got back from a few days in Pembrokeshire where we spent some time on a few beaches gathering lots of driftwood. Since getting back we have already been busy grading and cleaning it to make sure it really looks good. We have already started making some small mirrors, initially approx 8" square but I've also got some small hexagonal mirrors in production. I'm using an mdf base from which I've cut out a recess into which the mirror is set and then its finished with a driftwood surroundThese mirrors went well last year, as did the garlands, and although there are only one or two currently on the website more will appear soon. We are keeping them at a reasonable cost - £15 for the square ones and £12.50 for the hexagonal ones and its also free postage for orders over £25 on the website. I'm also busy making T light holders, garlands and other decorations. Although the intention is that our production will eventually be 100% handmade by ourselves, we are also selling some bought in hand made items, such as driftood Tea light holders, driftwood hearts, and driftwood bird feeders amongst others. Best to check out the website for availability because once they've gone they are gone!

    hex mirror

    Latest hand made driftwood mirror with approx 240mm square base with the mirror surface approx 150mm between parallel sides .

    It was SOLD at the Barnt Green guides spring fair the first time we offered it on the stand!!