Sawn Plane

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Great to see this reclaimed London Plane tree be sawn down into wooden planks yesterday. A mobile saw mill spent the day preparing the logs ready for drying and eventually in a year’s time they’ll be ready for use.

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It’s amazing seeing the history of London through the tree itself. Bits of wartime shrapnel kept appearing through the trunk – from bomb blasts and all sorts.

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So only a year to wait for this beautiful seasoned hardwood (if only it kept that fantastic red!), but there is more to come, so eventually there will be an onsite supply ready for your next furniture creations!

Glossy Style

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Well we’re very chuffed to be featured in Elle Decoration this month. Our first official glossy mag article! Nice piece – spreading the workshop word nationwide!

Head Hunters


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Entries to our Headless Horseman competition started to take shape this weekend as some great test profiles were made at the market. Don’t forget we’ll be running a free open access ‘Head Surgery’ evening tomorrow night (Wednesday 6th May, 7 – 9.30pm) for technical advice on building your entry. So come down if you’re in need of help!

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You’ve still got plenty of time – heads don’t need to be submitted until Saturday 23rd May, ready for the arrival of the Horseman to take his pick on Saturday 30th May.

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And if you need to refresh your memory on all the competition details, click here.

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The Return of the Headless Horseman

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Remember last year’s Take a Mallet to a Pallet competition?
Well this year’s challenge has just been set based on the fantastic tale of The Headless Horseman. This ghostly rider is hunting for a head to rest upon his shoulders. Your challenge is to build him one. All heads will be presented in a special exhibition ready for him to come take his pick (31 May – 30 June) as part of the E17 Arts Trail. All ages welcome.  Check out all the entry details here.

Making it in Milan

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So the famous furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan kicks off next week. We’re delighted to say several of the pieces that will be on show have travelled all the way from E17, made by some of our members.  Above is a lamp designed by Tino Seubert from galvanised steel; part of a stunning collection including a shelving system, pair of sunglasses and a tea set!

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Studio Marlene Huissoud will be showing these incredible vases at Spazio Rossana Orlandi from a series called ‘From Insects’ inspired by her family of beekeepers. The vases are made from a special resin created from ‘propolis’ the black substance produced by the common bee. Watch this amazing short film about her process.

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Direct from the workshop bench is Aysha Shahs award winning table, showing as part of DesignersBlock , not to forget Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale who have designed a special cheese platter to be shown as part of Wallpaper*Handmade,  although pictures are strictly under wraps we’re told until next week. All in all top quality cargo on its way from Blackhorse!

Pizza Portraits

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We celebrated the completion of our first floor studios last night and welcomed some of our new members. It was creativity of a culinary kind as everyone took on the challenge of designing a pizza portrait of another member. We also squeezed in a quick pizza dough lesson from our resident baker Simon Poffey. Lesson learnt: pizza dough is hard to shape!

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Some fabulous results! Although some arguably a little longer in the face than others!

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The Cosmology of St James

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The Lola Lely Studios’ new hanging kinetic sculpture The Cosmology of St James will be installed in The Crown Estate’s new development this week in St James’s. It’s a stunning piece that’s been designed and assembled here at Blackhorse HQ over the past few months and is made up of a series of satellites inspired by Sir Isaac Newton who was a former resident of the area, and from traditional historical tailoring patterns from local bookmaker John Lobb.

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Constructed from various reflective and transparent materials , the idea is that the satellites pour colour into different parts of the room, depending on the time of the day. Definitely worth a trip up town. Check out more at www.lolalelystudio.com.

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Trees on Wheels

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There was definitely a spring gardening vibe to the market day last Saturday. Local food growing co-operative Organic Lea, donated us a number of fabulous fruit trees which were proudly planted with the help of a band of volunteers who shovelled in the mounds of compost to our new steel container beds.

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We’ve got big plans for our yard this summer, so we’ve designed moveable steel planters on wheels to allow for a transportable garden depending on what’s going on – be that drive through cinemas, large scale building projects or stage sets for bands! Thanks especially to Marlene & Jae from Organic Lea, and landscape designer Zoya Jordan who from the beginning have helped bring a bit of greenery magic to the space.

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In celebration of our new tree arrivals, we also hosted a bird box making session, so hopefully soon we’ll be twitching from the workshop windows as the birds flock to take up residence!

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We’re taking a market break for Easter, so our next market will run on Saturday 2nd May. Sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with plans.

Steel Inspiration

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For the past few months studio member Charles Lethaby has been hard at work designing and making a stunning new range of lighting.Focused in our metalwork area, he’s been busy constructing these elegant shaped steel pieces,inspired by his love of minimalist sculpture.

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Featured here are two works from the collection Chromatic (above) and Capella (below). Check out the full range on his website: www.charleslethabylighting.com

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Without doubt definitely one to watch. We see great things to come!

Keep on Turning

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A great workshop last Saturday getting to grips with the patient art of woodturning. Led by expert turner Paul Nesbitt from the Camden Town Shed, those who came learned the tricks of using the wooden lathe, and turned their own bowl from a nice piece of oak.

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And here’s one of the finished bowls complete! If you’re interested in coming along to the next one on Saturday 18 April, all the details can be found here.

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