Monday, 25 November 2013

The Digital Woods Does A Christmas Market.

After building some wooden up-cycling furniture I decided to re-invent a wooden calendar I had seen on the internet using some of the blackthorn wood and pallet to offer some rustic uniqueness to it.

The product I listed with a couple of other blackthorn decorations I made and I sold a couple straight away!
Upon selling a few and getting the bug for earning money making these items I decided to attend a local 
Christmas market and paid for a stall for 2 days. Overall the event was success full, I spent a few weeks making some Calendars above, some children's wooden pallet trays and some wooden decorations.

picture of me setting up for TheDigitalWoods first Christmas Market.

I created some business cards to take, handed out loads and sold some products which helped cover the costs of the event.

I enjoyed the market experience and have since lined up two more Christmas craft fairs for the next couple of weeks. You can find my Christmas gifts for sale here -

Friday, 22 November 2013

Wooden pallet side table and train table

After taking some time out from animation and from gardening I've been working on giving the digital woods another new meaning and direction. 

From a regular gardening job I found myself with access to some free wooden pallets and the ability to take home some blackthorn branches from an area being cut down. The original aim was to build some furniture for my home and develop some carpenter skills in the process. As at present I am a self-taught novice.

My first project was to create a bedside table from one of the pallets for our spare room -

This came together quite easily and with a bit of sanding and a coat of varnish came out ok.

Upon completion of the bedside table and the satisfaction of making it I started looking for other items we needed but didn't have to spare funds to buy brand new. We were in the process at the time of looking for a train set and table for my son and after looking on free cycle, gum tree, ebay and finding nothing suitable or in our own price range I decided to take things into my own hands. Here is the final product.

After dismantling the pallets and planning the loose idea on paper I got to work and over a couple of days a few hours here and there I made the above train table with underneath storage and pull out draws with rope handles. (not bad for a novice eh?)

The train table was then hand sanded down and given to my son with a train set for his birthday and he loves it!

Looking back I should have done a step by step on how to make these items and i will do this for future projects.