Preparation for the MK Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza in Milton Keynes!

Since I last wrote, preparation for the MK Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza has been full steam ahead. A lot has happened in the past three weeks, after spending my first full day in the workshop, I managed a further six days on the bounce and a couple more after that. It was great to be able to see how productive I could be when making in bulk. As well as everything I planed on my first day, I also planed and machined to thickness another coffee table top and the legs for both tables as well as some bookends and doorstops. The rest of the time has been spent finishing all of these products.

The process involves:

Sanding, cutting to length, branding, a final sand, cutting and punching leather (for respective handles), marking and drilling the oak for these handles, oiling and finally putting the handles on.

After ten days, I have managed to produce serving boards, bookends, doorstops, shelves and a couple of outdoor coffee tables. What’s even better is that everything other than the coffee tables has been made using English Oak – I love being able to use locally sourced oak wherever possible.

Other than fitting a few handles on a couple of items tomorrow, I am ready to box everything up, load it into the van and head to The Centre:MK. I am sharing a stall with my very talented other half Claire of Claire Wilson Designs who has helped me massively with tonnes of fine tuning getting ready for this weekend including flyers, price lists, care info, the list goes on….

We are both really looking forward to what will hopefully be a very busy and productive weekend. If you’re reading this and fancy a trip out this weekend then come and say hi, there are 128 stalls in total with a rich variety of handmade and vintage giftable items.

You can follow our progress this weekend on:




As always wish us luck!


Handmade oak and leather homeware products now available to buy from Oak House!

So after what seems like a lifetime and probably is in fact more than 650 days, I can finally say that Oak House is officially up and running!

I now have a limited quantity of stock FOR SALE in my very own Etsy shop – exciting times.

These include serving boards, bookends and mantle clocks. I have also made some green oak door stops and am currently working on the designs of some oak and leather wine bottle holders.

The wine bottle holders will use up the last of the oak that I picked up from Oxford Oak a little while ago. My next batch of oak will hopefully be very local and planked for me over the next month or so. It would also allow me to make some larger items including coffee tables, outdoor dining tables and benches, as well as the current Oak House home ware products from any offcuts. An exciting six months lies ahead which will hopefully involve lots of making.

I’d like to thank all of you that have read this blog and those of you who have liked, commented or shared any of my pictures on Instagram and Twitter. It’s a great feeling to know that people actually like what you do.

The biggest thank you has to go to my other half, Claire, who has been nothing short of amazing in helping me get the business off the ground. Over the last 3 to 4 months she has put some serious hours in which I truly appreciate.

I hope you all enjoy having a browse around my Etsy shop and if you happen to buy anything than that’s a huge bonus and thank you!

Sanding Selfie!

Cheers, H