Will & Yates

We Have a New Stockist – Introducing Will & Yates

The latest addition to our stockist portfolio comes from the fantastic Will & Yates, based down in Deal in Kent.

Gallery & Homestore

Will & Yates is a gallery and store showcasing the most beautiful art and interior pieces, including original paintings, ceramics, vintage pieces, and now William Firth woodcraft products! With the store opening back in October 2017, Will & Yates came across our work at Top Drawer back in January, and placed an order with us shortly after.

Will & YatesOur Work

Within the range of our products being showcased in the store, includes our Wonky Serving Boards, Long Boards and a range of kitchen utensils including Cooking Spoons, Eating Spoons and turned Bowls.

Co-Founder of the store, Caroline Yates, said, “We nearly missed William Firth Woodcraft tucked away in a corner on the top floor of a trade show.  Thank goodness we didn’t! He represents everything we want to stock and promote at Will & Yates; small designer makers producing contemporary products with an honesty and integrity about their materials.”

We are thrilled to be featured in such a beautiful shop, and look forward to working together for a long time to come.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss stocking our work, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Not on the High Street

William Firth Woodcraft is now part of the Not on the High Street Family!

Not on the High StreetBack in November, we found out possibly the most exciting piece of news of our whole year. After trying once and sadly failing, we found that after our second attempt, we had been accepted on to Not on the High Street!

Not on the High Street is a prestigious online retailer, with over 5,000 partners (now including us!) that was founded ten years ago. Specialising in a wide range of products, the website is both Nationally and Internationally known and is curated by their team to ensure each product on the website compliments each other and no two products are identical.

Not on the High StreetShowcasing an exclusive range on the NOTHS website, our products are all personalised and, as always, are completely handmade before being etched with our brand new laser machine. We’ve even decided to offer free delivery on all products, too.

To prepare for the new range, we have created a selection of brand new products and even had a very special photoshoot with none other than our good friend and amazing photographer, Nick Dagger. 

 

Not on the High StreetThe Product Range

The products included in the brand new range, are:

 

We are so honoured and excited to be part of the NOTHS family, and can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for us!

Click here to visit our Not on the High Street shop

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch & say hello today.

William Firth Woodcraft Set to Attend Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival 2018

Home & Gift Buyers' Festival 2018We are so pleased to announce that we are attending Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival 2018 in Harrogate, from 15-18 July. After our success exhibiting at Top Drawer back in January, where we gained several new stockists, we have been looking for the next show ever since, and we have to say we’re thrilled we’re attending a Northern show.

Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival 2018

Being one of the most well established trade shows in the country, Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival has been running for 56 years and attracts thousands of brands in the beautiful setting of Harrogate. Welcoming more than 12,000 people each year and with over 80% of visitors only attending this show, it is the largest of its kind in the North.

Exhibiting on stand GF-24, we cannot wait to get there and showcase all our Hero products, as well as some potential new ones, too.

Will says “After our success of exhibiting at Top Drawer back in January in London, Home & Gift Buyers,’ Festival feels like the logical next step. We can’t wait to showcase our products in the North and meet a whole array of new people!”

If you have any questions or would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018

We’re (just about) over our January Blues, and love is in the air as we fast approach Valentine’s Day 2018. Whoever you’re shopping for, and whatever their interests, we’re sure to have the perfect gift here in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

We’ve hand-picked our top products that we think would be most appropriate as the ideal gift this February 14th. If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for here, then why not head to our online shop and look at the full range of products we offer? Did you know, we offer free delivery on ALL orders over £50?

Personalised Beer Caddies

Valentine's Day Gift GuideFrom £30

One of our most popular products to date, the Personalised Beer Caddy, is a great gift to add your partner’s favourite Beer or Cider to, that is sure to last a lifetime.

Created completely by hand in our workshop and with your very own personalisation added, the 6 or 8 bottle holders are then beautifully finished with a mounted bottle opener on the opposing side, making it the perfect Valentine’s Gift.

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Serving BOard

Valentine's Day Gift Guide £25

One of our favourite products and extremely popular with both men and women, our Serving Boards are a truly beautiful addition to any home, and they are a very practical gift, too.

Produced from American Cherry, the grain is unique to each Board, and as with all of our products, it is made completely by hand. Extremely good value and a beautiful product, what’s not to love?

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Cake Knife

Valentine's Day Gift GuideFrom £30

Our Cake Knives are currently available with two wood variations – American Black Walnut and European Oak, or with the inclusion of Exotic Woods; Purpleheart or Zebrano.

Making the perfect gift for a significant other with a sweet tooth, our Cake Knives are 100% food safe and yes, they do actually work! The blade is just enough to get a beautifully clean cut through any sweet treat.

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End Grain Chopping Board

Valentine's Day Gift GuideFrom £80

Our End Grain Chopping Boards are the perfect, show-stopping gift that is produced to the highest quality, and is sure to last longer than a lifetime. Complete with care instructions, our End Grain Chopping Boards come either Striped or Patterned, and are a truly beautiful piece, sure to please this Valentine’s Day.

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So those are our favourite products that we think are perfect for Valentine’s Day 2018. If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and if you’d like to browse our full product range, click here.

William Firth Woodcraft Attends Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018

Top Drawer 2018On 14-16th of this month, we were fortunate enough to attend Top Drawer Spring/Summer 2018 at Olympia London.

Top Drawer is a major international trade show, bringing together both leading UK and International brands, as well as giving new designers and makers an opportunity to exhibit within the ‘Spotted’ section of the show, and that is exactly where we were placed.

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018The Show

The ‘Spotted’ section was on the first floor of Olympia. As we arrived it’s fair to say we were somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer size of the whole operation. There was pretty much every brand you could think of (in the realm of home, gifts, stationery etc) with huge stands that looked incredible. Intimidated, much? We made our way upstairs and started to build. After a couple of hours, we were all set up and ready to go. We laid out our fantastic new brochures, designed by Tom Kidd, and started to mentally prepare for the first day of the show, which was Sunday.

Our Experience

Throughout the course of the show, we realised we had no reason whatsoever to be overwhelmed or feel intimidated. We had some fantastic neighbouring stalls including Wolf & Ink, Disciple Skincare, Perch Upholstery, Moby Maps & Well Spotted to name only a few!

We met some fantastic people from varying sizes of businesses, and from not just the UK but all over the world.  Each day brought new people, from Buyers, to Directors, to Business Owners, to Journalists, and we can honestly say we thoroughly enjoyed chatting to everyone.

We received great feedback on our products and enjoyed talking potential customers (and interested people in general!) through our work and everything we had spent so long preparing.

We have received multiple orders since the show, both from businesses in the UK and Europe, and cannot wait to get going and build relationships with these new companies long into the future. We’ll give you more information about these businesses in due course, as and when we can.

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2018The Future

As you’ve read, we have received multiple orders, so the next few weeks will be seeing these through and sending them out to their recipients. We hope to exhibit at Top Drawer again in the future and are very excited to see what more comes to us off the back of the show.

If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Churchmouse at Barbon

William Firth Woodcraft adds The Churchmouse at Barbon to Growing List of Stockists

As you probably already know if you’re an avid blog reader of ours, we attended many Christmas Markets in 2017, one of which being Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair. Whilst there, we were fortunate enough to meet Jules from The Churchmouse at Barbon, and since then, we are now working together, supplying the shop with our products!

The Churchmouse at BarbonThe Churchmouse at Barbon

The Churchmouse at Barbon is a fantastic store and delicatessen, hugely popular with walkers and cyclists. Situated in the centre of the village of Barbon, just outside Kirkby Lonsdale, the fully licensed venue offers food and drink as well as selling a wide range of cheeses, meats, groceries and now, William Firth Woodcraft products!

Jules said;  “William and I met at a Christmas Market in Kirkby Lonsdale. I was amazed at the quality of the products. I immediately purchased some of William’s stock, which has been really popular in store. They are items of sheer beauty and a treat to use in the kitchen. They make cooking more of a pleasure than it is already!”

We are absolutely thrilled to add such a beautiful venue to our list of stockists, and we are even planning an evening event with Jules and the team for the Spring at the venue itself, so watch this space!

If you have any questions, or if you would like to become a stockist, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

First Year of Trading for William Firth Woodcraft

What a Year!

As we start to wind down for Christmas and think about having a break over the festive period (wherever we can get one!), we thought we would look back at our very first year of trading and look back at our journey so far.

We launched the website in October 2016, and I went fully self-employed at the start of November. Within the month that we did both of the above, I moved to Lancaster and I moved into my workshop – needless to say this was one of the busiest months of our lives! Doing all of the above set us up for what was to be a very busy year ahead…

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingOver Christmas, we attended Christmas Markets, where we received some great feedback about our products and met some amazing people. Not only that, we received our first Brewery order, from none other than Lancaster Brewery. 

In January 2017 we exhibited with Arteria in their first exhibition of the year, and our first exhibition ever! ‘BUILD’ ran from January until May and was a great success for us. We love the Arteria ladies, so please do check out their website, shop and gallery if you haven’t before – they are incredibly supportive and sell really beautiful items.

On April 1st, also known as April Fools’ Day, we decided to play a prank on our social media following, with our ‘Luxury French Polished Firewood’; needless to say it went down a treat and fooled a lot of people! Not sure we’ll be able to top that next year…

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingJune saw us gain our first London stockist, The Collaborative Store. We still stock to The Collaborative Store now with a range of our products, including turned bowls and Kitchen Utensils and look forward to continuing to work with them in 2018.

Over the Summer, we exhibited at Leeds Craft Centre as part of their ‘Come Dine With Me’ exhibition and we are now featuring with Museums Sheffield as part of their ‘Handmade for Christmas’ Exhibition, which runs to January. We love being part of exhibitions as it’s a different way to get our work out there, so we look forward to doing more of this work in the future.

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingAs we moved into Autumn, we received a request from none other than Bells of Lazonby to create a number of personalised Breadboards. These would be used as competition prizes for a social media giveaway (launched at the start of National Baking Week) with Booths Supermarket as a partner. We felt very honoured to supply such prestigious businesses, and the feedback from them has been fantastic.

As you may have already seen on the blog, in October we were accepted to attend the highly coveted Trade Show, Top Drawer. Held at Olympia London across three days, it attracts Buyers and Retailers from up and down the country, so we cannot wait to get there and show off our product range! Read more about this in full on our previous blog post, here.

Throughout our first year of trading we have gained a number of stockists, including Barton Grange, The Barn at Scorton, The Westmorland Family and more. We are so excited to see what 2018 brings where we will be expanding our product portfolio and working with more stockists.

William Firth Woodcraft First Year of TradingOver the year, we have also worked with a huge variety of Breweries creating products including Personalised Beer Caddies, Tap Handles and Beer Tasting Paddles. To build on this success, we are attending the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival Trade Fair in January, so look forward to meeting more Breweries there!

As a final ‘tick in the box’ to end our first year of trading, we found out in November that we have been accepted to the incredible Not on the High Street. A full blog post will come out on January about this, but for now, all we can say is we are launching an exclusive range of personalised products that we can’t wait to share with you!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank every person that has worked with us in our first year of trading, bought from us, followed us, ‘liked’ us and visited our website. It’s been an incredible year for us and we are so excited for our future; we have so many grand plans and can’t wait to get going… after that break, obviously!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – see you in 2018!

Will & Jess x

Top Drawer 2018

William Firth Woodcraft Set to Attend Top Drawer 2018

We are ecstatic to be able to tell you all that we have been accepted for Top Drawer 2018, which is held in London from January 14-16. We are featuring within the ‘Spotted’ section are will be ready to welcome you at Stand SP221.

Top Drawer is a major international trade show, encompassing a wide variety of suppliers and makers from design-led gifts, to lifestyle, fashion and accessories. Held twice a year, we are attending the January event, ‘Top Drawer Spring’ held at Olympia London. As well as bringing together leading UK and International brands, it also gives new designers and makers an opportunity to exhibit within the ‘Spotted’ section of the show, and that is exactly where we will be placed.

We will be taking our complete range of products down to Top Drawer 2018 and are very excited to meet a variety of different people throughout the course of the show. With almost one thousand exhibitors, it is sure to be a fantastic event (and a huge one!). More than 10,000 visitors are set to attend to browse the suppliers as well as attend masterclasses, talks and ‘Academy Live’ sessions.Top Drawer 2018

For more information, don’t hesitate to say hello and get in touch.

William Firth Woodcraft’s Non-Black-Friday-Black-Friday-Sale!

Black Friday SaleWe’re under no illusion that the country goes crazy for a Black Friday sale, but we’re not really into all that. Whilst we’re not big fans of it, we do however want to let our valued customers know how much we appreciate your support, and to say thank you for following our journey through 2017, we are offering 20% off ALL of our products from midnight Thursday 23rd November to Sunday 26th November 2017.

All of our products on our online shop will be available to purchase and all you need to do is use the code ‘Christmas17’ at checkout to take advantage of the discount. As you’ll probably know by now, we also offer free delivery on all orders over £50 so why not tick several people off your Christmas list in one go, and take advantage?

Whether it’s a Wonky Serving Board for your Mum, a Personalised Beer Caddy for your Brother or a Cake Knife for your best friend, you are sure to find something to suit everyone in our shop. And if you’re working to a budget, why not check out our Christmas Gift Guide? We have you covered for Gifts Under £20, Gifts Under £50 and Gifts Under £100.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch, and happy shopping!

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Here at William Firth Woodcraft, we offer a wide variety of products perfect for a variety of budgets. We pride ourselves on our traditional methods to create all of our products by hand, and use best practices to ensure each product is finished to the highest standard. Here, in our Christmas Gift Guide 2017, we have put together some of our favourite products to help take some of the stress out of your Christmas Shopping.

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Personalised Gifts – From £30

Christmas Gift Guide 2017One of our most popular products in 2017 has been our Personalised Beer and Cider Caddy. Created from Beech, the Caddies come in two sizes, a 6 bottle holder and an 8 bottle holder.

When ordering, simply send us the personalisation you’d like on the product and we’ll send back a design for you to approve before sending the final product to be etched.

Our Caddies make the perfect gift for ‘the man or woman who has everything’ or people that are particularly difficult to buy for!

To shop Personalised Beer and Cider Caddies, click here.

Gifts Under £20

Spreaders – £14

Christmas Gift Guide 2017Are you buying for any ‘Foodies’ this Christmas? Our Spreaders are the perfect Christmas gift for just that person, and paired with a Butter Dish or Serving Board, it really will please your loved ones this Christmas Day.

Available in a variety of timber, including the beautiful Purpleheart, each Spreader is whittled by hand in our workshop making each one unique.

To shop our Spreaders, click here.

Spatulas and Cooking Spoons – £18

Christmas Gift Guide 2017If you’re buying for someone who loves to cook, is a real ‘foodie’ or loves to have a stylish kitchen, then these are the products for you!

As with all of our products, the Spatulas and Cooking Spoons are completely handmade in the workshop and available in a variety of different timber.

Christmas Gift Guide 2017A stylish addition to anybody’s home, these products are sure to be a hit this Christmas.

To shop Spatulas, click here.

To shop Cooking Spoons, click here.

Gifts Under £50

Wonky Serving Board – £25

One of our most popular products, our Wonky Serving Boards are so versatile. They can be used as Cheese Boards, Breadboards, Dessert Boards or even Deli Boards, serving up your favourite delights! Each handle is intentionally crafted differently on each Board, making them completely unique.

To shop Wonky Serving Boards, click here.

Cake Knife – £35

Cake Knife

With their beautifully crafted handles, and slick yet effective wooden cutting blade, our Cake Knives cut smoothly through any sweet treat. Considering Christmas is the time for indulgence, why not give your loved one a stylish way to cut their Christmas Cake this year? Produced in a variety of different timbers, our Cake Knives are sure to last a lifetime.

To shop Cake Knives, click here.

Desk Tidy – £40

Do you know someone that is obsessed with Stationery? Or do you know someone that loves a tidy desk? If so, our Desk Tidies are for you!

Sandwiched together out of a variety of timbers (Maple & Walnut here on the photo), they are built to last and will give anyone’s desk the perfect finishing touch. To shop Desk Tidies, click here.

Gifts Under £100

End Grain Chopping Boards – From £80

Christmas Gift Guide 2017Our End Grain Chopping Boards are the real gem within our product portfolio. Taking over a week to make from start to finish, each board is unique with its own grain and formation, and can lost longer than a lifetime if well cared for.

To shop our End Grain Chopping Boards, click here.

We hope you found our Christmas Gift Guide 2017 useful, however if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.