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Ditch the gift list and go for the personalised touch. Seb Hipperson works on a wedding gift of named lights using laser cut steel, and finishing with the box pan folder. If you’re interested in working with metal, come and do an induction. Drop us a line to find out upcoming dates.


Bow Tie

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All set to leave the workshop today packaged ready for a client, a stunning bow folded from aluminium perfectly shaped by artist and designer Stephen Johnson. The piece is titled ‘Happy’, and safe to say it raises a smile that does just that. Check out more at his website here.

Top of the Props

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An Octopus hugging a hotdog? Pure random genius! Great to have A.N.D’s ‘Creativity Works’ programme take up residence at the workshop last week. It’s an innovative programme that provides new routes into the arts and the creative industries for young Londoners.

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Signpainters & prop maestros Animaux Circus hosted two days of building & painting some extraordinary street furniture, which will be appearing at a festival near you this summer.

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Trail Blazing

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We had a great time in the sun opening up for the E17 Art Trail. There were activities to get everyone making from yo yo’s to horse headed steel coat hooks, and a chance to swing in the sunshine under Will Cruickshank’s fabulous horse box bar. Not to mention the opening night of our ‘Take a Mallet to a Pallet’ exhibition, which is now open and runs until the 20th July.

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An intrigued visitor looks into the future with Rob Shaer’s amazing pallet telescope!

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Above is the winning entry for ‘best craftsmanship’ from the pallet challenge which went to Stefan Woodward and his incredible folding table.

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Proud owners of synchronised etchings made on Will Cruikshank’s incredible Swing Harmonograph drawing machine.

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And visitors to all three of the Blackhorse Trek venues (Blackhorse Lane Studios, Made by Ore & Blackhorse Workshop) picked up a different component at each venue to combine into an award winning rosette for going the distance!


And finally time for an espresso martini and the chance to bask in a glorious summer evening.

The Big Reveal


So all the entries are in, and one week to go before the big reveal. Join us next Saturday night (7th June) to celebrate the ingenuity of entries to the first ever Blackhorse Challenge: Take a Mallet to a Pallet. We’ll be open all weekend for the Blackhorse Arts Trek, with a special appearance from artist Will Cruikshank’s Roof Top Cafe and Swing Harmonograph as well as a host of activities for all ages in the workshop. The exhibition will run daily until the 20th July, so plenty of time to come and marvel at the stunning transformation of the ordinary pallet.

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A sneak preview of two entries that will be on display, Pallet Automaton by Woodie Wright (above) and lighting by resident furniture makers Group Design.

DIY Dreams

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Good to see a bit of home furnishing being made in the workshop. Take a look at this pitch pine coffee table made from reclaimed parquet flooring by John Petrie, and below a bed with no nails made by John O’Loughlin. Who needs Ikea?

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Thinking Inside the Box

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There’s been a whole range of  interior fabrication projects happening at the workshop over the last couple of weeks, with pop up bars being made for Clerkenwell Design Week, display units for the University of the Arts degree shows, and this rather nice interior of the new Taiwanese bubble tea parlour (Milk Tea & Pearl) in Boxpark, Shoreditch (pictured above).

This has been designed by Architects and built by model maker Odel Jeffries.

Pallet Palooza


One week to go, and there’s been something of a making frenzy down at the workshop as Take a Mallet to a Pallet entries take shape. There’s been steam bending, planing, pallets being turned on the wood lathe and general cursing as the wood splits. First entry completed with plenty of time. Check out this great side table:

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Steam bending experiments in the yard with tiny strips of pallets (shortly to be transformed into lampshades):

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And love how the residual nail holes look on this turned pallet stack (can you guess what this will be?):


Join us for the big reveal on Saturday 7th June, 6.30 – 10.30pm and help us to launch the making exhibition of the year!

Challenge Countdown

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It’s time for the challenge countdown. Two weeks to go to complete your entry for our ‘Take a Mallet to a Pallet’ competition. Don’t forget there’s free access to the workshop this Sunday 11th May, with a stack of pallets in the yard ready for you to use. Here’s a snapshot of activity from last Sunday’s open workshop – pallet pin hole cameras, bedside cabinets and sculptural creations all in progress.


Drop us a line at to register your entry before the 24th May. And don’t panic! There’s plenty of time….

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Brass Eye

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Local designer Stephen Johnson sets to work on polishing his sculptural brass animal compositions after welding these found treasures together in the workshop. Scavenged from boot fairs to charity shops across the UK he makes these precariously balanced creations from existing brass pieces combined with elements specially cast from new moulds. Check out more on his website here. 

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