In the summer months I travel the canals selling my wooden products from the side of my narrowboat Little John. In the winter it's back to the workshop making and preparing for the following season. I open the boat shop at around Easter time and then carry on trading until the Birmingham Christmas market. In between I 'pop up', opening the shop along the towpath or attend floating markets and other waterways festivals and events. To find out where I am, follow my progress on Facebook at www.facebook.com/makeitshipshape
I make a range of wooden accessories for narrowboaters, knitters and needle crafters and those special gifts that you won't find anywhere else. Everything in the floating boat shop is made by me using traditional skills. If you can't find me on the canals, buy safely through my Folksy shop. Just click on this link under every photograph https://folksy.com/shops/makeitshipshape
I aim to make useful things that show off the beauty of the wood and, I hope, will become loved and admired. All tropical, most European hardwoods and some softwoods that I use are repurposed from recycled furniture or building materials. New pine is purchased from FSC controlled sources. I love to make things that can never be repeated from unusual pieces of 'found' wood or rescued and reclaimed timber that I pick up on my travels. I am always amazed by the beauty of the wood that I discover in these abandoned piece of timber.
Thank you if you have given me winter jobs in the past. I have enjoyed every one but I no longer accept commissions. I'm now focusing on small things which suit the size of my boat and my workshop - and of course travelling life.
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