Wrapping up for Christmas


Thanks to everyone who came down for a mulled wine, and to twist a wreath at our Christmas Market last week. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and look forward to a new year of making ahead! We’ll be closed from Christmas Eve, re-opening on the 3rd January, so look forward to seeing you all then.


Mise-en-Abyme Reappears


If you’re strolling along the South Bank over the Christmas period, you’ll come across the re-appearance of the stunning Mise-en-abyme by our members De Allegri and Fogale who have re-created the sculpture in a newly commissioned location by the OXO Tower Wharf.


Conceived originally as an installation for London Design Festival for the bridge over the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the V&A, it has been adapted to work within its new public setting.


You’ll be able to catch it up until 20th Feb 2017. For more information about their work, visit deallegrifogale.com

Raised from the Rubble


Built amongst the rubble of Blackhorse Yard, Lola Lely’s new project: “The Three Lions” was commissioned by Stanhope Schroders for a new mixed use development in Ruskin Square,Croydon. Lely worked with surface designer Stephanie Tudor, experimenting with the colours, details, materials and patterns inspired by the local landscape.

Lely explains:’it’s sad when something has been pulled down, as if trying to eradicate the past, but with this development, it’s history has been reborn into these lions’. The pair turned the old rubble materials from the building site into new materials using eco-resin Jesmonite, which is easy to cast and which allowed them to incorporate bricks, glass and metal shavings, blending them together.


Not only are they sculpture, they act as seating as well. We felt that sculpture at times can be quite inaccessible – you stand at a distance, look at it and you’re not allowed to get close and touch, which kind of defeats the object of public sculpture… These lions are about giving you permission to touch, climb and do whatever you want.’

We’re looking forward to seeing other future collaborations from this talented pair…


Tumbling Tables


Some stunning tables left the workshop last week, the creation of furniture maker Jack Relton, headed for Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick.


Jack rescued over 75 pallets from surrounding industrial units to the workshop, re-purposing them to create these stunning table top inlays using 3 different classic geometric designs – including the tumbling block pattern to reference a tumbling crate. The table legs were designed and fabricated using mild steel box section welded together. Jack is taking commissions, so if you’re interested drop him a line. All is details can be found on our members directory page here.

Pumpkin Panic


A  great turnout on Saturday as we hosted Pumpkin Panic – an alternative pumpkin team carving game, where every round involved carving a different feature, before passing it along the line for its next alteration.


With a fantastically spooky music set  from these two characters…


And a grand indestructible horse head pinata finale! From next year with our new education space we’ll be hosting regular kids Saturday workshops, so if you’re interested, then drop us a line.


..and so till next year.

And it begins!


We’re pleased to announce that work has just begun on our new yard building and education space. Design and architecture collective Assemble are back to work their magic to juggle small budgets and big ambitions to create a new street fronting cafe & events space in our yard.


Freeing up the existing cafe space will allow us to set up a new education & teaching space in our main building where we’ll be running new courses, hosting daytime workshops for groups, Saturday workshops for kids, and the ability to extend our bench space at busy times. Funded through the Mayor of London’s High St Fund  and thanks to the London Borough of Waltham Forest  your workshop will be changing as you know it! So despite appearances, it will be business as usual for the next couple of months. After just 2 years in the making, this marks an exciting next step for the workshop, and demand showing that making is here to stay!

Wooden Matters


It came and went in a whirlwind, but our week of events and workshops for London Design Festival in collaboration with Ma-tt-er brought together a fantastic mix of designers and researchers working with wood. We kicked off with talks by author of The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees, Rob Penn,  hearing all about his journey to create as many objects as possible from a single ash tree.


There were workshops exploring the process of kerfing with Lola Lely, natural wood dyeing with indigo thanks to textile designer Hazel Stark, and innovative joinery with waste plastics from Micaella Pedros.


Wrapping up with an evening of music from The Drones. Looking forward to doing it all again next year…




Following on from the success of last years Makers Playground, next week we’ll be hosting a series of talks and workshops for London Design Festival asking how wood can be pushed past tradition, past common knowledge and past standard use. How can it as a material be relevant to the moment and speak to the future?  We’ll have talks from TV author Rob Penn on his exploration of the ash tree, alternative joinery classes with Micaella Pedros, explorations of kerning (bending) wood from designer Lola Lely, wood dyeing with Hazel Stark, and discussion from ALP Technologies about the transformation of wood into an energy resource.

Check out our events page here to find out more and book your tickets.

Neon Know How


As Walthamstow is legendary for its Neon thanks to the fabulous God’s Own Junkyard, we felt it was about time to learn the secrets. So this weekend we welcomed Neon Workshops down from Wakefield to show us how its done.


Much harder than it looks seems to be the general opinion!


Glowing all the way home. To find out more visit: www.neonworkshops.com

Breaking Ground


We’re delighted to say that this month building work will start on a brand new extension that will house a new cafe space, education space, new ground floor studios and outdoor working area for members with additional storage. This is all thanks to the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund together with match funding from London Borough of Waltham Forest. We’ll also be welcoming back Turner Prize winning architects and design team Assemble who are leading on the design and build of the new space. So bear with us during construction, and we’ll keep you posted as the space transforms…