Customer Spotlight: Green Oak Building Co

Meet Green Oak Building Co…

Who are they, and what do they do?

James Brown is a carpenter by trade, who discovered his passion for traditional construction techniques through his apprenticeship in oak framing. When he founded The Green Oak Building Company, he pledged to build exclusively using green oak timber framed structures, to ensure the continued creation of unique heritage buildings and extensions.


Customer Spotlight: Simon Thomas Pirie

Meet Simon Thomas Pirie…

Multi Award winning craft furniture maker renowned for contemporary bespoke furniture, luxury kitchens and architectural design projects. Simon, John & team have created commissioned pieces for both landscape and interior spaces – from places of worship, museums and universities, to purely sculptural installations.

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Customer Spotlight: Gaze Burvill

Meet Gaze Burvill

Simon Burvill and Christian Gaze strive to solve the challenges of building for the outdoors, drawing on experience gained over 25 years, with elegant practical solutions and beautifully subtle details.

In 1993, Simon and Christian joined forces – and surnames – to found Gaze Burvill gathering a talented team of designers and craftsmen and establishing a set of core values which they embedded throughout the business. Each piece of Gaze Burvill furniture, and their outdoor kitchens, would be built for lasting performance outdoors, and would always be designed with a focus on beauty and sophistication. It would be practical, and extremely comfortable.

The team at Gaze Burvill work extremely hard to ensure that their furniture not only performs well, with particular attention to comfort, but also looks good. In 1992, Christian designed the original Court Seat design with these principles in mind, and although they now draw on other creative influences, they have never wavered from these core concepts. If a piece looks good, but doesn’t meet the team’s exacting comfort checks, it doesn’t go into production.

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Customer Spotlight: Inglis Hall

Meet Inglis Hall…


Inglis Hall create kitchens made to order, made for living. They also create freestanding furniture, surfaces and spaces for other rooms. Everything they produce is designed and handmade from scratch in their workshop in East Sussex.

With more than three decades of experience, Toby Hall has a hands-on approach to his role as Head of Production, overseeing the manufacture of every project that comes to the Inglis Hall team. Working alongside Head of Design Peter Spence, whose eye for detail ensures each new piece leaves the workshop as beautiful as the last, Inglis Hall balances traditional cabinet making with contemporary design.

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Customer Spotlight: R W Armstrong

Meet R W Armstrong…

For 60 years, R W Armstrong has provided high quality building services for Hampshire and most of the South of England.

With a foundation of expertise in traditional craftsmanship, the company has built a sterling reputation for high class refurbishments and renovations – the go-to building experts for country homes, period town houses and listed properties. They also construct bespoke homes for private clients, in both contemporary and traditional style.

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Customer Spotlight: Ornate Interiors

Meet Ornate Interiors…

Who are they, and what do they do?

Ornate Interiors was founded over twenty years ago, and they’re still combining technical knowledge and creativity, manufacturing and installing decorative plasterwork for interiors and exteriors, conserving and restoring historic plasterwork, along with a range of expert services. Thanks to their team of industry specialists, Ornate Interiors have earned an enviable reputation for consistently delivering high quality and effective plastering solutions.

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Customer Spotlight: Kraftwork Ltd

Meet Kraftwork…


Who are they, and what do they do?

For two decades, the team at Kraftwork have been creating bespoke kitchens and furniture, using the best materials and always ensuring the highest level of craftsmanship. From initial concepts through to manufacture and installation, Kraftwork offers a high-end service at every stage of the process – all under the watchful eye of master craftsman and company owner, Phillip Brown.

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Customer Spotlight: Eagle Promotions

Meet Eagle Promotions…

Who are they, and what do they do?

In 1980, Eagle designed their first scorecard for Shirley Park Golf Club in Surrey. Forty years on, they’re working with the world’s top courses, providing design and marketing expertise along with above-par wooden branding, furniture and signage with all sorts of design and material options to choose from. (more…)

Customer Spotlight: Croford Coachbuilders

Meet Croford Coachbuilders…


Who are they, and what do they do?

Since 1896, Croford Coachbuilders have been manufacturing wheels for coaches, carriages, wagons, veteran cars and cannons, using traditional wheelwrights methods to create work of the highest standards. They hold the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, in the position of Wheelwrights and Coachbuilders.


Customer Spotlight: The Wooden Chopping Board Co

Meet The Wooden Chopping Board Company…

Who are they, and what do they do?

In 2016, The Wooden Chopping Board Company sold their first chopping board. Focusing on quality, unusual and unique designs, they craft cutting boards, butchers blocks and accessories, and they’re dedicated to the use of timber from sustainable sources. They might be a cosy operation – but they work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality products.

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There was a time when people were all about plastic chopping boards. After using wood for thousands of years, suddenly the humble chopping board had been upgraded. People assumed that plastic boards – easier to wipe down, and not at all porous – were more hygienic. Actually, the opposite is true. Plastic boards nurture bacteria in the tiny scars that appear during daily use. With wood, moisture is drawn into the centre of the board, and the bacteria dies. The University of Wisconsin found that salmonella thrived on a plastic board, but couldn’t survive a night on a wooden cutting board.

So, wood makes for a more hygienic kitchen environment – but there are implications for the global environment, too. Let’s say you throw your old, scarred plastic chopping board away. It’ll still be here in a thousand years. Possibly longer – we don’t really know how long it takes plastic to decompose. We know it takes a wooden chopping board only a few years.

The Wooden Chopping Board Company is committed to integrating sustainability across all business practices, reducing the impact of their operations on the environment where possible. Their business ethos is thorough, from raw materials to packaging. They exclusively source from suppliers with sustainable management practice, which means no illegally harvested wood, or wood harvested in violation of human rights. They also support various environmental charities, including the Woodland Trust and the Marine Conservation Society – they switch it up every now and then – but always plant a tree for every chopping board they sell, as part of their commitment to One Tree Planted. At the time of writing, they’ve planted 1400 trees, across Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas.

Project Spotlight

The Wooden Chopping Board Company offers a wide range of boards, from The Rabbit (small, minimalist and oak) to Rule Britannia, a sturdy and distinctive design featuring English Oak, Sapele and American Maple, with tidy chamfered edges. We love their Stumpy chopping boards, which are created using cross sections of Oak or Beech, filled with vibrant resin after drying.

As one reviewer shared: “A most attractive board from this pleasingly ethical company. Easy and speedy transaction. I shall buy another item when it’s back in stock.”


Timber Spotlight

The Wooden Chopping Board Company works in collaboration with English Woodlands Timber to produce eye-catching chopping boards, knife storage and rolling pins in a variety of options, including cherry, walnut, sycamore, maple and beech.

Maple and beech are perfect options for chopping boards, thanks to their long life and their self-healing properties – meaning scratches and scars will party repair, automatically. All of The Wooden Chopping Boards Company’s boards are handmade in Warwickshire, and protected with board butter (their own recipe) to prevent cracking and loss of natural oils, and to maintain water resistance.

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