Denim Dining

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We’ve been excited for a while about the imminent opening of our neighbouring denim factory:Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. And making use of the building talent on their doorstep, they’ve commissioned members WilsonPalmer to build some bespoke furniture for the space.

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Using the ancient japanese art of burning cedar wood (Shou Sugi Ban), they have created a stunning set of dining tables. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it and finishing it with a natural oil.  To see more of their work, or get in contact, visit www.wilsonpalmer.co.uk.  

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And here’s a sneak preview inside the workshop, with sewing machines at the ready!

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It’s the Horse’s Birthday…

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We’re turning 2 this month, and to celebrate, we’re having a party on Saturday 27th February, 6.30pm – late and you’re all invited. It will be a night to remember, with DJs and live band John Blood & The Highlys to headline the night. SAVE THE DATE! There’s even rumour of wood infused ice cream currently in production! (Illustration by Adam Vaudin).

Everybody’s Learning How

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‘Lets go surfin’ now..everybody’s learning how…’ sang the Beach Boys, and that’s exactly what skilled carpenter Nadav Nov has set himself the task of, but not so much the surfing as the making of the board!

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Made from cedar and okume marine ply, Nadav has been making his prototype shape by bending and laminating thin strips together into the form. Next stage is to create the full perimeter of the board, and then the close the top and bottom, with the ribs in between, leaving it mostly hollow.

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Wanting to avoid using epoxy and fibreglass,traditionally used as the sealing and strengthening components in surfboards, the hardest part Nadav says has been to find an alternative way to make the board strong and waterproof, and to find a way to preserve the wood during its contact with saltwater. As a solution he’s used a lanolin wax  extracted from sheep wool and known for its high preserving qualities. Below are the boards in action in the warmer Portuguese waters…
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Interested in finding out more? Nadav will be launching his new surfboards shortly. Email nadavnof@gmail.com to find out more, or follow him on instagram at NOF.SURFBOARDS.

Noteworthy News

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Nice piece in our local paper Waltham Forest News this week, wishing us a happy birthday in advance of our second anniversary in February, and announcing the nomination for Best Led Community Project. Thanks for the support, and great to see the workshop in print! Save the date for celebrations on Saturday 27th February. More to be announced shortly.

Launch of Saunders Seasonings

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There’s something wonderful happening in the woodshed, and its a brand new supply of locally sourced and seasoned hardwood timber! Remember the visit from the mobile sawmill last summer? Well 7 months on, its now dried out and is ready to work with. There’s some beautiful planks from ash, to oak to stunning sections of London Plane trees.

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It’s all the masterplan of member Bruce Saunders who has an incurable passion for wood of all kinds. So following his dreams he’ll be launching his new business ‘Saunders Seasonings‘ this spring  based at the workshop and selling a range of speciality hard wood timbers. A full price list and further details will be available shortly. Time to get planning some New Year projects!

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Nomination for Best Community Led Project 2016

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We’re very proud to have been shortlisted for ‘Best Community Led Project 2016‘ for the London Planning Awards that will be announced in February this year. The awards are known as the ‘Oscars of the Planning World’, and having reached a final shortlist of 2 across the 32 boroughs of London, it’s thanks to the great Walthamstow community and everyone around us who have helped make it such a great space. Fingers crossed for a win! Photo (c) Clare Glenister of Leyton Sixth Form College

A Merry Market Full

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Thanks to everyone who came down to our first night market last night, and to all the traders – a great atmosphere, and State of Play put on a rising performance. And if you missed it, check out Sam Parry’s video from the evening up on Youtube here. Roll on the next winter evening of fun! Happy Christmas Everyone! We’ll be open until 5.30pm on the 23rd Dec, re-opening on the 4th January, so plenty of time to knock up those last minute presents!

Christmas Night Market

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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 and if you’re still in need of some festive greenery, Christmas Trees from TreeMendous and more.

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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 Dawe and 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.

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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!

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Topping the Turner Prize

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Well done to our very own Assemble for winning the Turner Prize last night for the fantastic Granby Workshop project. 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…

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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….

Freestyle Festivities


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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.