From The Workbench

  • Five Go Belt Making

    Five Go Belt Making

    Right at the end of February, I had my very first experience of teaching! The New Brewery Arts centre in Cirencester asked me to lead a leathercraft workshop and so five people signed up to make their own belt – in a day!

  • A few tips for Cheltenham

    Once a year, people from here, there and everywhere, descend upon Cheltenham for race week: Four days of horseracing, studying the form, betting, winning, losing, cheering, eating, drinking and partying.

    Being based in Cheltenham, The Festival is talked about a lot in our house, so I thought I’d share some of my tips for a great (and hopefully lucky) day at the races.

  • Keyrings and Mighty Fine Jaguars

    Keyrings and Mighty Fine Jaguars

    Recently I worked with the team at Eagle, who build and restore Jaguar E-types, to craft a set of keyrings and coasters with their branding on.

    Now, I don’t know the ins and outs, but I am guessing they will be gifting those keyrings to people who purchase one of their Jaguars. What better product to give than a keyring alongside a mighty fine car?! As for the coasters, I’m sure they would be best placed sat under a glass of bubbly, when said purchase takes place!

  • Love at First Sight

    Love at First Sight

    Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and although many people are happy with a heartfelt card and the standard bouquet of flowers, bottle of wine and a romantic meal out, I’m here to cater for those whose heart desires…a little more.

    Whether you’re the one buying, or the one doing the hinting, hopefully this Valentine’s day guide can make things a little easier for you.

  • Stocking Fillers and Special Gifts

    Stocking Fillers and Special Gifts

    With Christmas fast approaching, no doubt you'll be thinking about what to buy for who. Perhaps Dad is after a new gadget; Father-In-Law could do with something to sweeten him up a bit; And you better get something extra special for your brother after all he's done for you this past year.

    Well, fear not, I've put together a gift guide that will make this years' Christmas shopping a breeze.