‘A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever’. Keats.
Welcome to The Wooden Fish,
I have always loved wood and what can be created from it. Working wood by hand is a simple pleasure enjoyed by generations before me.
I am motivated by the desire to make simple, practical and beautiful pieces. I take a lot of my inspiration from nature. Being close to the stunning Jurassic coastline and, having a love of the sea, makes it an easy choice to adopt a nautical theme to most of my work.
All of my boards are carefully crafted from beautiful hand selected wood sourced locally here in East Devon. Whenever possible, l will source local English Oak but as this is becoming harder to find a lot of my wood comes from French Oak forests.
All of my work is made from my old workshop here in East Devon. It’s over 100 years old and was where locals came to wash their clothes. It still has the old copper where the water was boiled. It’s great knowing l am putting my shed back into good use!
I only use a combination of small hand tools, axes, knives and chisels to create my work. Handcrafting each piece ensures every item retains a simple but beautiful unique charm. No two pieces of wood are ever the same and, as such, no two boards will be. Each piece is special with its own irregularities, grain, knots and textures.
I am very happy to undertake any commissions. I will work with you to produce something special that will look great in your kitchen and on your dining table. I would be delighted to hear your ideas.
I trade throughout the year at many regional food fairs and festivals including River Cottage where it is possible to purchase my boards and view my range of products. I stock Rick Steins Deli and Gift Shops in Padstow, Darts Farm in Topsham and Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock. All of my boards can be bought here on my website too. Delivery normally takes a week or so as most of my boards are made to order but can take longer in the busier summer months and the run up to Christmas.
And this year, 2019, l will be creating turned, hand painted food bowls making them an attractive accompaniment to the oak boards. Watch this space!