Benches & treen

A selection of goods I make.

If you are interested any of them, please complete an information form here and I will be in touch with you with total cost including postage, method of payment etc.

Or email me for more details:

Garden benches

bench & ladder small

Made to your requirements, from a simple bench, to a full-on seat with a back and arms. Carved from local oak, yew or sweet chestnut, these are timbers which withstand the English climate well and grow old with grace and style. [NB no dog included!]

The commissioned seat above has wide arms which could come in handy for a cup and plate or glass and bottle, book or what you will.

A simple free-form bench in chestnut with knife-dimpled finish to the seat. Looks like this:

Prices start at £150.


 Story Tellers’ seats

These seats are made to order.  I use my imagination to create something a trifle different.  Very good for use in schools, or for general casual story telling use in parks, play groups, forest schools, outdoor classrooms, nature areas, mountain tops, shady nooks etc. Please let me know what theme you would like – Saladin, Wild Wood, Medieval, Wild Fantasy etc.

Here’s a shepherds chair version, installed at Dales Countryside Museum

This one was made for a wildlife area of a first school in Bradford.

Prices start at £500 – built to last.

See my post on building this one here.

Wine valet


This is a safer way to carry a wine bottle and 4 glasses into your garden.  Trays can become unstable with a full wine bottle, but this valet makes sure everything stays in place. A cunning slanted slot for wine glass stems holds them in tight too.

£25 from my workshop in Strid Wood.

 Garlic presses

You use these really simply for first removing the papery skin on a garlic clove, and then to mash the flesh with salt.  No messy cleaning out holes full of garlic mush!

They are made from beautiful spalted beech in Strid Wood on my pole lathe.

They cost £5 plus £3 p&p (by First Class Post Office mail)

Woodland elves

These elves are known as tomte in Sweden, and when they migrated to the UK many years ago they became known as brownies.  They bring good luck if they are treated well, but can be mischievous when their routine is upset.  They like porridge with a knob of butter for breakfast.  These are in festive Christmas dress, during the rest of the year they tend to wear plain green or red hats.

£4 each or 3 for £10 plus £2 flat rate postage and packing.

Choose colours and quantity below


Coppice products

I have been cutting coppice hazel this Winter and I have a quantity of hazel poles for sale as follows:

Bean poles 8 feet long bundle of 13 £12
Fencing stakes 6 feet long £1 each
Walking stick blanks 5 feet long £2 each


Table centre pieces

I am currently preparing a selection of table centre pieces in various timbers.  They measure about 18 inches by about 10 inches.  I am making them in yew, sycamore and birch.  The boards are 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches thick and mounted on half-inch turned feet.

The picture above shows part of a forest worker’s lunch, you may be able to use them to more advantage on your dining table.

As in this picture, the centre boards are made with bun feet so they appear to float on your table. Please click on the picture to enlarge.


Shrink pots

These are of Viking origin and are an alternative to a coopered vessel. A piece of green (unseasoned) timber is hollowed out into a tube. Then a groove is cut near the bottom to accept the base. A dry timber base is made to fit loosely, then as the tube shrinks it tightens onto the base. Although the fit is close, it is not watertight, but very good for dry goods etc.
Please click here for pictures of the range.

Seasonal woodland deer

Available from my Strid Wood workshop £20 each. NB, the deer are about 6 foot tall, but they do come apart to fit in your car! Come on a course and make your own for £35 including lunch.


Here are a selection of hand carved bowls on display in Strid Wood.  Their prices vary from £20 to £80, mainly depending on size and the amount of work I’ve put into them.

Seed inspired bowl in sycamore, £30.

An 18 inch bowl in sycamore in progress.


Four legged stools with beautiful elm seats with swirling grain pattern around £60 each.


Stools can have simple lettering added in pyrography.

These are butter knives.  You can use them to spread anything really; hummus, marg., jam, peanut butter.  £5 a go including postage & packing.

Training courses are £120 per day for one to one tuition in my workshop at Strid Wood, Bolton Abbey, N Yorkshire.

More details on my courses page: here.

Course content includes:

introduction to green woodworking and pole lathe turning;

basic knife and axe skills (includes elf carving!);

simple rustic garden dividers and trellises;

make a simple rustic stool;

deer for Christmas workshop;

making charcoal;

custom content can be designed to meet your personal requirements.

2 thoughts on “Benches & treen

  1. Chris Little

    Rather belatedly, I want to say how much I enjoyed making the yew and ash ‘greenhouse’ stool with you in the Bodgery, and how good it looks. Thank you.
    The bad news is that Audrey wants two more for the house! I’ll give a ring sometime to discuss way forward.


    PS Did you catch the BBC radio programme, still on iPlayer, of Clare Balding walking the Dales Way and passing your workshop? Ramblings, Series 28, Episode 2, a few minutes in.


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