Wrap up warm and head over tomorrow night (6.30 – 10.30pm) for the first ever Blackhorse Night Market. There will be last minute gifts from members including Schmidt Lamps (Photographed in her studio here by Igor Emmerich), Lola Lely Studio, Chica Press andif you’re still in need of some festive greenery,Christmas Trees from TreeMendous and more.
We’re also delighted to welcome back State of Play (on stage 8pm – pictured here from Stowfest), top and tailed by music from DJs Toby Daweand Kat Richmond. Wood St Coffee will be serving up hot festive homemade sausage rolls, not to mention mulled cider and rum & gingers to rattle your christmas spirit.
We’ll also be selling the must-have drinking vessel of 2015 – the Makers Relief – hand crafted for the workshop by ceramicist Lennard Houkes. On sale will also be our popular American oak xylophones for kids, workshop gift vouchers and a range of leather ready for new year projects to be snapped up. See you there!
Well done to our very own Assemble for winning the Turner Prize last night for the fantastic Granby Workshopproject. Delving into our archives we found this picture of Louis & Mat hard at work on the build of Blackhorse Workshop back before it all began…
We’re pleased to say they’ll be coming back to HQ to design a new building for our yard, housing a new cafe and events space due to open next summer. Watch this space as they say….
As well as our regular monthly market this Saturday, we’re hosting a night market extravaganza on Thursday 17th December with live music from State of Play, maker stalls, kids activities, not to mention the usual delicious food and a bar at the ready to toast the season. And if you’re still stuck for a Christmas gift, don’t forget our gift vouchers are available for any value towards our courses or workshop access. Check out all the glorious details here.
A busy day yesterday as the frame for our new outdoor working area was erected. Masterminded by member and mechanical engineer Stuart Hancock, the space will allow for the assembly of larger scale projects, as well as providing welcome relief from the driving wind and rain!
Specialist metalworkers Rock Paper Scissors have been in residence this week building some stunning new gates for a primary school in Hackney. Captured here by local photographer Clare Glenister (www.clareglenister.com) the gates’ design has been built and created by our technician Rob Shaer together with workshop member Enrique Melin, pictured here.
We’ve just announced some new dates in December for our famous 3 week welding course, so snap up a place if you’re keen to get started. Click here for all the details.
So Mother Nature’s downpour yesterday didn’t stop a great bonfire night in our yard. Thanks to everyone who braved the grizzly rain to come down. Although our hand crafted steel weathervane Guy Fox didn’t quite spin as intended on top of the flames, it was definitely a bonfire to remember.
Thanks to Jen and her food truck FORK for her delicious Pumpkin burgers. Lets hope they don’t disappear for another year!
Sundays are a’changin. We’re pleased to say that due to popular demand, we’re extending our opening hours to every Sunday from this weekend (1st November). So for all of you wishing to nail that DIY project, or spend a whole weekend tinkering you’ll now have the freedom do drop in whenever suits. Our usual opening times 9.30am – 5.30pm and rates will apply.
We kicked off the first of our material sessions this week as we invited Tim Sharman from Jesmonite to come and show us the transformative powers of this material. Used across the world in the architecture and film industries, this lightweight material can be cast to replicate stone and metal finishes without the heavy weight of concrete or steel.
Cast in silicon rubber moulds and rapid setting, we had a rubber finish tile knocked out over the course of a lunchtime.
Now for the experimentation! And if you want to see how far it can be pushed, check out the incredible work of Hilda Hellstrom, and her stunning urns: visit hildahellstrom.se.
It’s great to see furniture dreams turn into a reality. Check out this steel cocktail cabinet designed and built by metalworker Ruchira Pathirana, now pride of place and ready for service!
If you’ve got similar projects rattling around in your head, then keep an eye out as next month, we’ll be launching a series of project surgeries where you can speak to a technical expert for advice on the best materials to use, appropriate tooling, and help to map out a project plan to get you started on the road to dream furniture reality!
And from 1st November, we’ll be opening every Sunday, to give you a full weekend to play around with. See you at the bench!
Thanks to everyone who came and paid a visit to The Makers Playground for London Design Festival. It was a great week of all round experimentation with designers Lola Lely, Dan Heath and Katherine May delivering free workshops, Dutch Designer in Residence Lennard Houkes shaping his cremation urns, and some fantastic installation pieces that totally transformed the yard for the week. Here’s to next year!