Before panic sets in, here’s a crafty solution to all your christmas conundrums! Our gift vouchers can be used across any of our courses in woodwork, metalwork, stone carving or leather and also towards membership, whether it be a day, month, 6 months or a year’s worth of creative tinkering.


Simply drop in to snap one up or email us at info@blackhorseworkshop.co.uk to arrange. We’ll also be  selling them at the first of our Christmas markets on Saturday 6th December. A present guaranteed to delight!

Lola Lely x Allen Jones

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Some fantastic designs coming out of the workshop recently…check out these fabulous pieces Red Lamp and Dancing Couple by the Lola Lely Studio.Designed collaboratively with Allen Jones to accompany his new retrospective at the Royal Academy.

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And some rather special packaging designed together with other workshop residents Commissioned by You.

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Forging Forward

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Hidden in a dark corner of our yard has been an old brick outhouse that has been lying empty. One of our members Ben Kazacos , has on the offer of an anvil begun turning it into a new forge for the workshop. A work in progress, but shaping up well!

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We’ll keep you posted once its fully up and running and ready for users. But for a taster, check out Ben’s kitchen knives he’s planning to put into production:

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The Rise & Fall of the Blackhorse Burning Man

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The first ever Blackhorse Burning Man went down in spectacular style last night! A mammoth combined effort…so thanks to everyone at the workshop and those who came down and helped out! Click here to watch him come to life!

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Half punk, half hell-raiser he was a terrifying sight!!

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And as the flames licked, he fell to his knees with mechanical grace into his own grave! Fright Night indeed!

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The Blackhorse Bonfire Bonanza…..next Saturday!


As you can see we’re getting more than a little exited about our bonfire night next Saturday! All week we’ll be busy building the frame for the Blackhorse Burning Man: half hell raiser, half day of the dead inspired skeleton. Come down and help build during the day, and watch it burn from 7pm – late. And don’t forget it’s also our regular monthly market, so if you can’t make the evening’s festivities, come and drop in earlier for some delicious food and day of the dead inspired activities for the kids.

The Dutch Sausage Smokery


Meet Amir & Lennard the duo behind VOL, a new dutch street food company, who have been busy building their smokery and sales wagon down at the workshop. They’ll be launching their smoked sausage delicacy and other dutch inspired dishes at our next monthly market on 1st November, so be sure to come down to give it the taste test!


Here’s Amir, part time chef, part-time welder, proudly showing the beginnings of the smoke oven…we’ll be documenting the progress as the van develops…

Meet the Welder


Nice to be included in TimeOut’s piece ‘Meet the Makers’ this week looking at the best of London’s unusual craft workshops.


So if you too fancy meeting ‘The Welder‘ and getting down to learning the art and practicalities of welding, then sign up to one of our upcoming courses.We’ve just  announced some new dates beginning 27th October, and if you’ve already done our basics introductory welding course, the good news is that a follow up is coming soon. Click here to view the full programme including classes in Leatherwork, Woodwork, Stonecarving and more…..


And thanks to Ashleigh Arnott for writing about us Rob Greig for photographing us and Timeout for the pictures…

Leather Bound with Sabel Saddlery

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Great introductory course to working with leather from E17 specialists Sabel Saddlery at BHW HQ this evening. Not only do they have a great slogan ” Bespoke Leather Design for Horse, Human & Home”  but they talked us through the tricks of the trade and led us into a whole new world of making.

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Over the course of this one session evening course, we were introduced to leather claws and the art of double stitching, hand burnishing and polishing, different types of linen thread and techniques to wax it, and of course passed on a list of the best suppliers in London to seek out the necessary tools to get started.

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Fear not. If you missed this one, and fancy joining the next one, new dates will be announced shortly. And check out www.sabelsaddlery.co.uk for a full insight into their full range of products from stirrup leathers to cat collars and of course the opportunity to ‘pimp your hide’!

Chip Chip Away!


The kids clearly had a great time at Workshop East’s fantastic stone carving workshop at our first ever Blackhorse Market. Fantastic chips of the edible variety were served up with inventive sauces from Walthamstow Legend Chips with Dips.

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Other workshops were delivered by screen print masters Little Mashers and jeweller Saadiqah Rahman.  Here’s a very proud owner of a brand new bag!


Resident bakers The Fermentarium sold all of their fabulous sough dough loaves, not to mention keeping a steady stream of pizzas going into the clay oven all afternoon.


Our next market will be on Saturday 4th October. Hope to see you there!

Welcome to Wood St


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Caffeine cravings are a thing of the past here at the workshop thanks to Wood St Coffee who we’re very excited to have now working their coffee bean magic. They’re open weekdays from 8.00am – 5.30pm, and then on Saturdays from 9.30am. You don’t need to be using the workshop to sample their delights, and with free wi-fi, it’s hard to resist.

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Coffee enthusiasts will love it, as they’re using Climpsons & Sons beans, and of course sandwiches made using bread supplied by our very own in-house bakers The Fermentarium.

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Drop in for a cuppa. See you in the queue…