The Bristol pied-à-terre

 

 

Mr and Mrs T on the veranda of their gorgeous, self-contained, totally unique wagon

We take great delight in being a small scale, bespoke business. Not for us the conveyor belt approach, boshing (even the word is depressing) hundreds of structures out a year. Our work is usually a culmination of at least six months (or even up to two years!) correspondence with clients, discussing designs, features, layouts, doing site visits, creating 3D conceptual drawings, going through paint and upholstery options, working out services and providing ground works plans. That doesn’t include planning, which may be required for some clients, depending on where and what they have asked us to produce.

3D designs are created on the computer first, so clients can see exactly what will go where

Mr and Mrs T. came to us in late 2016, looking for something to use as a pied-à-terre when visiting their children near Bristol. They had spotted us at the Royal Cornwall Show in August of that year and had liked the fact we were offering something very different to everything else on the market. A uniquely designed, high quality, self-contained wagon was decided on, with lots of personal choices to reflect their tastes and needs.

The brilliant Henry range from Windy Smithy

A larger Henry burner from the Windy Smithy was chosen, so Mrs T could make use of the cooking range on the side. Redwood was sourced as a preferred choice for worktops and the table. The veranda was to be big and solid – plenty of space for sitting enjoying the jaw-dropping views across the Mendips with an evening glass of homemade cider. With a gaggle of grandkids to accommodate, the shelf above the double bed had a mattress made to fit, so several of the smaller ones could sleep up there. This twenty five foot by eight foot wagon can actually sleep up to six comfortably.

 

The Widney water heater is just the ticket for hot power showers

With electric, water and drains available, services were simple. Secondary heat in the form of electric radiators were incorporated, with an electric oven too. A top end Widney gas boiler was included to heat water, meaning their shower is super toasty and super powerful. These tiny homes may be small, but we always aim to fit the very best equipment to suit your needs and budget. With plenty of storage space under the bench seats and on solid wooden shelving, this wagon provides them with the perfect space when visiting family. Warm, cosy, practical, solid, beautiful and totally unique. Made just for them, with great care and love, here in Devon.

Beautiful, solid redwood shelving

Space for hanging clothes too

If you have a beautiful-and-unique-timber-structure shaped hole in your life, give us a call to chat through possibilities.

The next chapter….

Ooh just LOOK at that neatly stacked wood

We started Barrel Top Wagons in a draughty Dutch barn, offered up kindly by our friends at the farm where we lived.

From rustic beginnings….

With an earth floor and no doors, it was rustic but served a fine purpose to get us off the ground. That was six years ago! Like most small businesses, those six years have been a rollercoaster of highs, lows, blood, sweat, tears, late nights, early mornings, hope, dreams, dogged determination, total exhaustion and stubborn blind faith.

As some of you reading this may know, Ben made our first wagon as a home for us. His traditional carpentry skills, combined with his experience of conventional building work meant he could produce a thing of beauty, seeing the manufacturing process right through from start to finish – the design, the practicalities of the build, the joinery required, the way the services would work, the first and second fixes, the painting, which suppliers to use, and how best to deliver, both figuratively and literally, a top notch, unique, versatile, solid structure.

Having spent much time living in what we would now class as tiny houses – but back then, were just clever new age travellers using whatever was to hand to create a home – his understanding of how best to use space, and the essential requirements needed to be warm, comfortable and safe was invaluable. Ben’s commitment to the environment was always part of the plan. Forget imported, slow growing oak – we have beautiful, local wood here in Devon. Douglas fir and larch grow readily in the South West, and make a brilliant material for a large percentage of our work. Sourcing as many supplies from the area – the fantastic, constantly dependable Windy Smithy burners still feature heavily in our offerings – and building up relationships with local trades people, were all aspects of the business that we held dear.

Pulling a wagon out at Beacon Cross

Fast forward to 2014. We’ve outgrown the Dutch barn, and Unit 4, Beacon Cross Farm beckons. With its doors and concrete floor, we feel ever so spoilt. OK, so water comes through the walls and the gap in the roof, but, along with the landlord Nigel, we sort it. We manage it. Walls are tanked, gaps plugged, an office and paint room are built, A dynamic chatterbox in the form of Ciaron is absorbed into the team, and production slowly increases.

 

 

 

Things wot we did make in that unit….

The Fishing Lodge

Penny’s cabin

Hooe’s Yurts’ tables and benches

The lovely Chelsea Hut made for Plant Belles

Shebbear’ Schools benches

The Fishing Lodge

Vicky’s wagons (2 of)

Larkworthy Wagon

The Wagon with Faraway Views

Plant Belles hut

Martins shed

The Pulborough shed

Penny’s hut

Rod and Angie’s workshop

Mr and Mrs T’s wagon

Mr and Mrs W’s shed

Jane’s wagon

The Devon Den

Tess’s cabin

Natalie’s wagon

Zingaro

A potting shed for Devon Dens

The compost loo for Devon Dens

The inside of the delightful Zingaro wagon

It’s late 2016, and after three years, the delights of Beacon Cross have begun to be outstripped by the need for space. We’ve used every last inch of Nigel’s available barns, and the lady next door really doesn’t like the sound of our planer (sorry!) so it’s time to move on. After going to extreme lengths to find a suitable spot (cold calling farmers wasn’t a particular highlight) and feeling like we were doomed to be workshop-less, a friend who had a unit on a local farm said he’d ask. He did. The man from Broadwoodkelly, he say yes! A planning application was applied for. West Devon gave the big thumbs up, Farmer Andy set about concreting floors, another office was built – this time with a window and INSULATION! A BIGGER paint room was conjured up, along with a laminating room with mezzanine above so Ben can store timber exactly as he wishes – cleanly, in an organised fashion. And in we moved. The space is twice what we have been working in (luckily we now have Tom as well, to help us fill the vast chasm with work!), in a beautiful spot, with yet another obliging, helpful landlord. We feel very lucky, excited and proud. The order book for 2018 is filling up rapidly, with two cabins, a timber frame structure for a resistance pool and an artisan craftsman’s workshop already lined up, with several wagons and a cabin all going through planning. Well done Ben, well done all of us. Can we have a little rest now?

To all who have purchased, supported, followed, liked, enquired about and generally shown interest in our work, we salute you. And to the boys and girls who help make this happen – Jim super techie, Mikey painter extraordinaire, top plumber Steve, top sparky Robin, and to the hard working carpenters Ciaron and Tom, our eternal thanks. Here’s to progress.

The new office, complete with view

A lovely new wagon and a lovely Telegraph article

 

 

Room with a view.. our latest wagon in place and almost ready for tourists

Room with a view.. our latest wagon in place and almost ready for tourists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We haven’t just been wafting around opening unique tourism accommodation facilities… Crikey no! We were asked to write something earlier this year for The Telegraph business section who wanted tales of interesting small businesses, read it here.

This year has seen us carry out four planning applications for clients, all of which were successful which means we continue with a 100% success rate, even gaining permission for a cabin to be sited in a grade 2 listed garden. We put a lot of effort into our planning applications and have a serious vested interest in getting the right result. The likelihood is, if a client is granted permission, we make a sale. A planning consultant – unless they are operating on a no win, no fee – will not have that motivation. So if you have a project you would like planning help with, get in touch.

Mr and Mrs P's new self-contained, 25ft living wagon

Mr and Mrs P’s new self-contained, 25ft living wagon

Mr and Mrs P saw us at Chagford show last year. They farm here in Devon and wanted to diversify into tourism. We went through options with them, carried out a site visit, designed a 3D computer drawing and created a brochure for a structure they both liked. We then proceeded with a planning application which went smoothly, and started their wagon on 1st August this year.

New wagon (minus the veranda) being delivered

New wagon (minus the veranda) being delivered

 

 

Today, 31st October, Mr and Mrs P took possession of their gorgeous, self-contained wagon which will be listed with one of the top glamping agents, Classic Glamping, providing extraordinary holiday accommodation with views looking straight out to Dartmoor.  As soon as the website gets created we will share the link. This is a realistic time frame from enquiry to delivery – around a year – especially if there’s planning required.

Now we’re moving onto the next wagon – another tourism offering this time for Mr and Mrs DM, and then it’s a lovely cabin in Cornwall to house the lucky daughter of a family near Wadebridge, and then another wagon, and then a cabin, and so on… We still put so much love, care, attention to detail and thought into our work and we’re still so excited discussing plans and projects with clients. If you have a project you’d like to discuss or you’d like to come and see our work up close, get in touch.

 

Devon Dens…. Our off-grid sanctuary is OPEN (or why I haven’t written anything here for a year)

Our beautiful, solid cabin in the woods

Our beautiful, solid cabin in the woods

WE DID IT! Five years, quite a lot of money, sweat and some tears, and we are OPEN! In 2011 we bought a pretty and private small piece of woodland here in West Devon. After enjoying it ourselves for a year, and watching the groundswell of interest in staycations and glamping (I know, those words make me feel a little queasy too), we looked at our work, looked at our site, looked at our skills and thought “We can do that – and we can do it damn well”.

Mezzanine bed with chunky ladders, table and solar light.

Mezzanine bed with chunky ladders, table and solar light.

And so, after an eighteen month planning “journey”, permission was granted for Devon Dens, six, off-grid mobile structures – cabins and wagons – with a workshop and office, communal space, reed bed system for dealing with grey water, compost toilets, poly tunnel, raised beds and pond. Cue small celebration, then the realisation that the hard work was yet to begin.

The next two years were spent counting pennies and building up Barrel Top Wagons, then we started to see an opportunity, a window during which the ground works could be done. Plans were made, digger drivers arranged, stone chosen, a team assembled, and in June this year it began. Of course, it then rained heavily for several weeks, but the boys ploughed on. Car parks appeared, terraces were created, reed beds were planted (strangely, an emotional milestone), the pond dug and lined, dry stone walls laid and the cabin that had been made to go to The Royal Cornwall show (made from timber grown only fifteen miles away) was assembled on site.

It is a fact within BTW’s that Ben is the visionary. He understands the industry, knows what designs will and won’t work, can apply lateral thinking and look at things from a practical perspective. And so it was with Devon Dens. Of course, I had contributed. The plans were a combination of ideas from us both (and others) and I have my uses. But the vision is most definitely him. So, when this, the first stage of the vision was realised, the day the team left site, with a cabin up, ground works all done, compost toilet in place, I have to say I was truly speechless. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought it would look so ….. Wonderful. Unique. Appealing. Smart. Tidy. And ready for me to do my bit…

Games, jigsaws, books, guitar...

Games, jigsaws, books, guitar…

The next month or so was spent getting the site and cabin ready for guests. We are keen to stay one step sideways from the glamping hoo-ha (and after a visit from Canopy & Stars, who suggest the market is crowded with lots of sub-standard, generic offerings, this would seem wise) It’s wonderful, but ours is a very different beast. A boutique, fluffy offering, it ain’t (you won’t find any bunting here…). We like to think this is grown up camping for the clever crowd. Jigsaws, really good books, interesting magazines about the environment, games, a box full of writing things – cards, notebooks, stamps – a guitar with a How To Play book. Lots of maps of the wonderful walks that surround us through the deep, Devon lanes. We want people to come and explore, to enjoy the peace and quiet, to read, to walk, to rest. Guests are likely to arrive by car but once there, stay close. Switch off. Visit the local bird hide. Walk the three miles to the pub. Be hardy. Submerge yourself in this glorious countryside. Learn to play the guitar. Write that letter….

Six weeks after our first guests and we are proud and delighted. All taste is subjective, and hell, WE think what we’ve created is fantastic, but we’re not the ones paying to come and stay there. Luckily, all of our guests have agreed.

“Absolutely brilliant” “Truly beautiful” “Heaven” “The real deal”

… Hoorah! Hospitality in the UK can be a mixed bag. I don’t believe Michelin starred restaurants costing the same as a small car are the only places that can provide us with quality experiences. For me, it’s simple – it’s all about the love. Give me a plate of beans on toast with a jolly smile in a warm and welcoming cafe and I’m happy. We won’t ever rest on our laurels and we will always put the love in. As the guests who are there currently said… “Good grief! You’ve thought of EVERYTHING!”

The reed beds complete with native reeds and irises

The reed beds complete with native reeds and irises

In two weeks, the poly tunnel will go up, meaning next year we will offer our own produce to guests. There’ll be raised beds with veg and flowers. An eye-watering amount has been spent on wildflower and high pollen mixes. There will hopefully be bee hives. The pond will be colonised by then (there’s already dragon and damsel flies) and the reeds will have shot up, creating habitats for a host of beasties. The spruce are slowly being taken out in places (not behind the cabin – they offer great year round screening), to be replaced with birch, alder and chestnut, and the remaining structures will be added as and when we have time – winter 2016/17 looking probable. For now, we’re happy and our guests are happy, and that is a  measure of success in our eyes…

If you would like to stay in a beautiful, solid cabin in pretty and private woods in Devon, take a look at our listing on Last Minute Cottages which has details, availability and prices. You have the place entirely to yourself currently – total seclusion and privacy. If you would like to book after reading this, quote BLOG and we will supply a basket of logs for free. Look forward to seeing you down the woods….

 

 

 

Help us Keep refugees warm this winter

Super efficient bio-logs made from waste sawdust

Super efficient bio-logs made from waste sawdust

Winter is coming. If the wise old wives are to be believed, it’s going to be a cold one. There are people currently living in tents, in transit, in Calais. As this is thus far not classed as a humanitarian crisis, the charitable organisations are not getting involved.

Thankfully, there are some clever, compassionate and creative souls trying to provide shelter and heat. Amongst others, Ben Gillespie is involved with a group making flat packed shelters and their progress can be tracked and donated to here.

Jon Snow of The Windy Smithy is adapting an existing wood burner from his range to be lightweight and suitable for use in the shelters. You can read about Jon’s aspect of the project here

This year has seen us begin to deal with our waste – including sawdust, which we are now having made into brilliant bio-logs in collaboration with Devon Biofuels. They are ideal for wood burners, burn really efficiently and clog the chimney up a lot less than wood. It makes sense then that we should offer to send out a pallet load – 70 bags – to use in burners. The kind and generous Herbert and Tim at Devon bio-fuels have donated a second pallet. Both are now ready for transportation which Ben Gillespie is co-ordinating. If you’d like to make a donation toward any of the projects – shelters, burners or fuel – please either click on the respective link above, or contact me on 07969948631.

Thanks, in advance. Jo

We’re finalists… and we need your help!!

Hopefully, it’s quite apparent that sustainability is something we feel strongly about. Which is why we’re cock-a-hoop to be selected as finalists in the Devon Environmental Business Initiative awards.

The prestigious DEBI Awards are held every year at the Met Office to champion and celebrate sustainability. They shine a light of encouragement and promotion on groups, businesses and associations who are committed to incorporating sustainability within their modus operandi.

This year, we have entered the members award – open to all members of DEBI. This is a new award which goes before a panel of esteemed judges who select four finalists. This year, that’s us – yippee! – Devon Wildlife Trust, Beach schools SW, and City college Plymouth. The winner is then decided by public vote – which is where you come in.

If you have two minutes to cast your vote, it would be hugely appreciated. There are several ways to do this, but by far the easiest is to email them direct at             info@debi-online.org.uk with VOTE as your subject heading, then simply type Barrel Top Wagons and send.

It would benefit us hugely to win this award – to introduce us to a whole new wave of people, to tell people there are manufacturers out there who are committed to producing beautiful structures from sustainable materials and who care greatly about the footprint they make. The publicity would help enormously to raise our profile, and to consolidate our reputation here in Devon as a respected business striving to produce beautiful things, for a fair price, whilst not compromising on materials or design. It would also make us feel pretty darn good too!

 Here’s a list of measures and practices which we currently carry out and review regularly in an attempt to do our best environmentally.

  • Working with local timber suppliers means we use sustainable, local, fast growing woods such as Douglas Fir and larch
  • We make solid, substantial products designed to last 50 years + with low  maintenance
  • We use an organic wood treatment “Treatex”  where possible
  • Very few miles required for transporting of timber as purchasing locally
  • Earthwool insulation used throughout in all structures. This material has an A+ green guide rating and is made using fast growing organic, recycled and renewable materials. It is thermally and acoustically insulating.
  • We are incorporating a design into our wagons for an eco sink / toilet, which  uses the waste hand washing water to flush
  • Processing our waste sawdust into Biologs in collaboration with Devon  biofuels.  These efficient briquettes are then perfect for use in log burners
  • Also using our waste sawdust in compost toilets, including our own, and for  smallholders
  • We use waste wood as kindling
  • We promote low impact living with a smaller carbon footprint
  • We manufacture and promote the use of compost and dry toilets
  • We incorporate rain water harvesting into our compost toilet designs
  • We incorporate solar technology in our structures
  • We supply locally made wood burners which can also be used for cooking      and  heating water
  • We encourage paperless correspondence and only issue hard copy       brochures  where absolutely necessary
  • All of our leaflets are printed on recycled paper
  • We use predominantly  local suppliers, trades and crafts people to       encourage growth in local revenue as we believe in economic  sustainability as well as environmental

THANK YOU!! We’ll keep you posted….

 

 

Bars, benches and banqueting tables …

Douglas Fir bench

Putting our stamp on Douglas fir benches.

In case this fact has escaped you, let me point it out.

We love wood. Big wood, little wood, lovely, lovely local wood, green wood, seasoned wood.. wood wood wood wood wood. Love it. Ben is the creative one in this team, and his years of working with this beautiful, versatile material have not dented his enjoyment or passion for all things timber. Obviously we are wagon – and cabin, and lodge – makers, but we also get asked to come up with designs and solutions for smaller, bespoke timber projects.

Last year, the lovely Max and Amy at Hooes yurts asked us to produce 15 banqueting tables and 48 benches to match, in time for Glastonbury, for use in their VIP yurt. Ben sat down with the pair and went through some designs. They had to be lightweight, so they could be lifted by two people, but durable, so revellers wouldn’t do too much damage. And Amy wanted them to be light in colour, to match the colour scheme for their yurts. We sourced some locally grown spruce – a lovely lightweight and light coloured wood – from Cornwall and did a number of tests, involving hummus, red wine and olive oil – oh that was a tough night..! We decided on Treatex hard wax oil to use on the wood, as it not only showed no signs of damage during the robust testing, but had no odour. And as these tables were going to be in use a few days after treating them, this was important. So it began.. and the tables and benches were festival bound in plenty of time to be arranged and dressed, ready for the party people.

Banqueting tables and benches in a yurt at Glastonbury Festival

Hooes yurt ready for Glastonbury people

Next up were Shebbear college, who having seen the benches we produced for Hooes yurts, decided they’d like some too. These didn’t need to be collapsible, but they did need to be tough enough to cope with 14 year old boys larking about on them, so we chose Douglas fir from Dartmoor, and finished them with Treatex organic UV oil topped with Danish oil. They obviously liked them, because they immediately ordered another load.

 Douglas Fir benches

Lovely Douglas fir bench seats – perfect for that first kiss.

Hooes yurts have since returned, with a request for a bar – same spec… lightweight, collapsible, sturdy and light coloured to match their lovely banqueting tables and yurts. Spruce was used again to make a solid, chunky top – again, hard wax oil by Treatex to finish – and then birch ply to make two shelves which can unbolt, with the sides folding in, to make a beautiful feature bar which can be easily transported. And off it zoomed to take it’s place in amongst the party.

Collapsible Spruce and birch ply bar for Hooes yurts

Collapsible Spruce and birch ply bar for Hooes yurts

So you see, it’s not just about the sizable glory pieces – the big and brilliant wagons and such, we love the smaller work just as much.

Got a project in mind? Need some ideas? Would like to talk it through? Want to use stunning, locally sourced wood to create something stunning /functional / unique? G’won… give us a call. We love wood, remember?

Wonderful woodland cabin in deepest Devon.

 Douglas fir and larch cabin

Beautiful Douglas fir and larch cabin sited deep in a Devon woodland.

It’s been a fabulous year so far here at BTW HQ.. A Cheslea hut, a new wagon, a small business award from Ex-Dragon Theo Paphitis, a garden workshop, a beautiful bike shed destined for a Welsh retreat, and another new wagon on the way. But perhaps our favourite so far (is that allowed??) is the lovely cabin we were commissioned to make for the banks of the River Exe.

Construction of Douglas fir and larch cabin

Made in the workshop first…

After stumbling upon us on Facebook, C & M asked us to design a fishing lodge, to replace the dilapidated one that was currently rotting away on their woodland. We discovered their needs included a sleeping platform to fit two adults and two children, a wood burner and a veranda. They were looking for a rustic cabin with just the floor insulated for now, but with the option to retro-fit insulation later on. C & M spent time looking at the finishing options and decided on green tin, which would help the cabin blend in with it’s surroundings, and Douglas fir and larch featheredge cladding treated with wood preserver.

Tractor pulling flat pack cabin

Flat packed cabin being delivered

After ordering the materials, we started the build in April. the plan was to manufacture the cabin in the workshop, flat pack it and then deliver and erect it. After visiting the site, a stunning 40 acre woodland which has the river Exe running through it, we realised the biggest challenge would be getting the cabin to it’s final destination. It was going to the furthest most point on the site, and there was no obvious answer. We started to think  maybe the neighbours would be good enough to let us take the trailer across their field. And so, after meeting with Ian and local farmer George, it was decided that this would be the solution. We set a date and worked towards it.  Thanks to accuweather, we soon realised that the date set was looking like a wash out, and had to bump the delivery by  a further week . What a good move this turned out to be – the rain was horizontal and the wind was wild – definitely not good weather for putting up a cabin. The following week though, was sunny, dry and calm. Perfect. Supplies had been bought, biscuits had been made, tents had been packed and the trailer and vans were ready to go.

At 4am on a Monday morning, the boys headed to the workshop, checked one last time that they hadn’t forgotten anything, gave another pull on the ratchet straps and headed off. By 8am they were at the meeting point, where George lifted everything off with his tractor, onto one big trailer, and they all trooped across the field, where George emptied the load at the closest point to the site. The boys then manhandled the load across a stream and set about assembling the structure.

inside of cabin

Sleeping platform and wood burner

The site work took 8 days – with blissfully good weather. Trout were caught, canoes paddled (and fallen out of), fires cooked on. The result is a beautiful cabin set in stunning woodland, ready for many years of family camping. C & M are delighted with their structure and have already spent several nights there.

This cabin is 12ft x 16ft with a 4ft veranda. It is built using traditional timber frame construction, has 150mm insulation in the floor, 2 x 6 pane windows, 1 x 9 pane window, 1 x small window, sleeping platform for 4, Windy Smithy Louis wood burner, green tin roof, Douglas fir and larch mix cladding.

Price is in the region of £18,500, depending on location and access.

12ft x 16ft cabin with wood burner

12ft x 16ft cabin with wood burner

Life after The Contemporary Craft festival…

Barrel Top Wagon at The Contemporay Craft Festival

The wagon being mobbed

The first weekend in June saw us trundling along the A30 to the fabulous Contemporary Craft fair at Bovey Tracey on the southern skirt of Dartmoor. What fun we had…  Sarah James, the organiser of this quite amazing event, had given us the most fantastic pitch, right slap bang in the middle of the site. It would be hard to miss us. The lovely Katie from madebyhandonline.com spent Thursday dressing our wagon, whilst I enjoyed using Plant Belles beautiful Chelsea props to titivate the outside space. And at 6pm, the queue to come for the preview night was long and my were they a handsome bunch! It did feel rather like the great, the good and the gorgeous had wandered down off Dartmoor and up from their lovely South Hams towns and villages to come and see us.

The standard of work at the show was truly out of this world. Angie Parker very kindly graced our wagon with one of her fabulous rugs – albeit briefly but it did look pretty. The weekend was perfectly sunny and the event was amazingly attended and we were mobbed. Three days of happy people coming into the wagon, open-mouthed and eyes wide in wonder – it was hard to feel tired!

The show deservedly won Tourism event of the Year 2015 from Visit Devon. It’s small enough to feel manageable, but there is so much to see, and eat, and an abundance of events for kids. We are just about recovered, and have worked our way through the huge number of queries we got, both at the show and afterwards.

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If you haven’t been, do. It’s really worth a visit. See you there next year….

A marraige of design…Us and Made By Hand Online

So we’ve told you about our love affair with The Contemporary Craft Festival, which is fast upon us in 2 weeks – yikes! Now the love affair gets more complicated – in fact, it’s a veritable ménage a trois.. ooh la la!

madebyhandonline.com is a brilliant and passionate team based in Devon, devoted to cultivating autonomy for their creative community. mbh1 Their website  brings together a handpicked selection of makers from around the UK who can sell their work directly to the public, via the website. Founded in 2010 and run by Katie Honnor, the group work with and for their makers to champion British Contemporary Craft and sponsor an impressive number of leading craft and design events –  including The Contemporary Craft Festival, MADE London, MADE Brighton, Made By Hand Wales and The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. 

mbh 4The standard of work is quite simply, extraordinary. And we are thrilled to announce that madebyhandonline.com will be collaborating with Barrel Top Wagons at this years Contemporary Craft Festival. From fabrics to ceramics, tableware to paintings, the new wagon will be chock full of wonderful pieces to gaze at and coo over, all of which will be for sale. Katie and I can’t wait to see what comes from this marriage of design, so please do come along and share our excitement.

madebyhandonline logo

The Contemporary Craft Festival logo