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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Biedermeier Revival


So at the opposite end of the spectrum from folded concrete, interesting to see this old Biedermeier chair being restored by Linda Kemp. Linda is starting up her Conservation & Restoration business from one of our start-up studio benches on the first floor.  We’ve still a few spots left, so if you’re looking for  a base to get started from then get in touch…

Let it unfold…

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It’s been great to have artist Celine Condorelli taking up residence at the workshop for the past few weeks. She’s been fabricating  pieces for her forthcoming show at the Chisenhale Gallery opening next month. Check out this amazing concrete drapery:

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The exhibition How to Work Together runs from the 2 May – 22 June.  Visit the Chisenhale Gallery website for full details.

Wheels of Fortune

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Jake Stevenson Grimberg has been busy at the bench today building a wooden bike frame from Bubinga African Rosewood (and that’s almost a tongue twister!). Looking great already – and keen to see how it shapes up next week and springs into motion.

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Raise the beds!

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So yesterday the transformation began of our rubble yard, with a workshop that showed you how to build your own raised beds as part of the Cultivate Urban Food Growing FestivalUsing some old decking, work began with the help of a band of volunteers to build some planters that will incorporate some outdoor seating for those heady days of summer coming our way…

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Thanks to everyone that helped out..and watch the garden of eden as it unfolds…

It was Nice That….

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Thanks to It’s Nice That for featuring the workshop this week.  A new workshop is indeed in town! And yes, if you’re about to leave college and worried about the loss of access to facilities – we can certainly help!