Underline Family Festival


Thanks to everyone who came down on Saturday for the Underline Family Activity Day with Art on the Underground.  Great bodging tools workshop, with new inventions such as a blackberry picker (shown above) for those out of reach berries!


Indigo dyeing experiments with artist Katharine May, toy boat building and more!


We’ll be hosting more family activity days soon, but watch out for our Wooden Matters series of events and workshops for London Design Festival. Check out our events page here to find out more.

Art on the Underground


It’s great to be located so close to the speedy Victoria line and we’re delighted to have been asked to be part of Underline – Art on the Underground’s public series of pop up events along its length from Brixton to Walthamstow. So on Saturday 3rd September, we’ll be hosting a special one of market (11-5pm) with kids activities and street food to welcome you back from your summer adventures.  Artist Jasleen Kaur will be running a family workshop called ‘Future Tools’ and the Blackhorse team will be hosting a special ornamental wooden boat making activity, (booking available shortly).  Head over to our events page to check out the full list of what’s happening.

Holiday Projects


We love this Ash coffee table made by new member Tim Aldridge, a chemistry teacher who knocked this up during his teacher’s summer holidays. Got some time off? Sign yourself up to the induction on the 21st or 27th August (Click here for the details) and get onto those projects before the holiday disappears!

London Calling

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Talking of playful installations, this one headed out of the workshop this week. Called ‘London Calling‘ and made by Mill and Jones for The Old Vic, it featured several phone booths which form part of an interactive experience relating to a new play ‘Rise‘. On answering the phone, you will discover a voicemail message left by a Londoner to someone in their life. The intriguing but anonymous voicemails include messages of unrequited love, gratitude, regret and confession.

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The phone booths will be installed down at Waterloo Millennium Green from 9 – 21 August daily from 10 – 9pm. To find out more, visit: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/news/2016/08/london-calling/

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Group Design’s WSO

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Who said August was a holiday? Many of our members are hard at work making new designs for this year’s London Design Festival in September (17 – 25 September).  Above is a sneak preview of Group Design’s new furniture collection: the WSO (Wedged Stool in Oak).
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The WSO Stool combines traditional joinery methods with a new take on the structure of the leg components to create an elegant and simple form. Made from Oak dowel and planks with Sapele wedges and dowels, they’ve used FSC certified timber and finished in a wax oil treatment to show the natural quality of the materials used. To place an early order or find out more visit http://www.groupdesign.co.uk or email richardwells@groupdesign.co.uk

A Secret Revelation

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It’s about this time of year that the strange builds start to take shape at the workshop. In the last couple of weeks there has been the emergence of some amazing structures destined for festival fields across the country. Pictured here are two made for the recent Secret Garden Party Festival. On a science fiction theme Wilson Palmer built a rocket Sci-Fi library, whilst Pennie Dawes & Josh Lisle built a Geo-Alien.

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So if you’re ever in need….you know the people to call! Check out penniedawes.com and wilsonpalmer.co.uk.

Join the W-Crew

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We’re expanding the team to create a brand new dedicated role to manage the wood, metalwork and yard areas of the workshop. Got prior experience of managing a shared workshop or working in one? Then this might be the role for you. Love a system? Then we want to hear from you. Find out all the details here.  Deadline Friday 26th August.

Photo (c) Boya Latumahina

Telling Tales

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The Show & Tell sessions are back next Thursday 21st July, this time presenting the work of two members: french multi disciplinary designer Yesenia Thibault Picazo who will be discussing her work as part of the Soil LAB projectan art and science programme launched by the Domaine Départemental de Chamarande, and Lola Lely who will be telling us about the Art Caravan Project she undertook with the British Council in Safi, Morocco working with local women to teach them the craft of shibori fabric manipulation and indigo dyeing.


So come down and join us for an informal evening,hear their tales and be inspired. Starting from 6pm. Details of all our events can be found here. 

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Workshop Women

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We understand that in a male dominated industry, being in a workshop as a woman can feel more than a little daunting, especially if you’re just getting started – or don’t feel entirely confident yet. Yet the idea of the open workshop movement is that they should be places of empowerment. At Blackhorse we’re keen to eliminate those fears, and create an environment that feels there’s no judgement or prejudice whatever your skills. So in response to your feedback, we’ve introduced a brand new Women’s Only Induction. The first scheduled date sold out in less than a day, so we’ve booked in another in August. Interested? Click here to book.

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There seems to be an encouraging new focus to address the gender imbalance across the sector. This week we discovered the fantastic new initiative Women Who set up by Otegha Uwagba – a new network for creative working women. Also opening up  discussion is Clare Cunningham, director of Faberdashery, who leads a talk at Fab Lab London on the 28th July about why the imbalance is still an issue and just what we can do to shift it.