Handmade Tyneside Festive Outings

It’s Christmas. Basically. You can catch us out and about over the next couple of months.

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Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 November 2018: The Living North Christmas Fair, Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, open 10am-4pm each day.


Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 November 2018: St. James’ Park Festive Fayre, St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, open 10am-5pm each day.

The Gosforth

A coffee (or tea?) table new for 2018. The wood used is sapele, mahogany and keruing, all sourced in Gosforth and dating back to the 1960s. Rumour has it that the wood is all from a law firm which relocated. I was lucky enough to secure a great haul of hardwoods which will enable these tables to stay true to their name for some time to come.

Photos © Dan May.

1960s Slim

Because sometimes you want a table in your hallway. Made from wood sourced in Gosforth and dated: 1960s.

Photos © Dan May.

Cheeseburn Open Weekend

Popping up at a Sculpture Park near you

We will be at Cheeseburn Sculpture again this Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July as well as next Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July.

I've made some brand new items that will get their first outing at Cheeseburn and I'll also be taking along the old favourites including Sugar Skulls, MexiCats, Washington's and of course, the bottle openers made from the bar of a working men's club in Gateshead. 


1960s Vintage Benches

Can you dig it?

These are full 1960s inspired: the Dansette legs I acquired from a house clearance, are from approx. 1965-67 - they have been tidied up slightly but largely left in their original condition. The wood is three different types: Oak from a dining table that I acquired from Wallsend stamped with the year 1962, plus Mahogany and Keruing from a Gosforth office block. 


These are hand-made to order and are £250, if you are interested in acquiring one, get in touch at ahoy@handmadetyneside.com.

It's that time of year.

Autumn means only one thing...

When I start making my sugar skull inspired lights for Day of the Dead, Halloween and pretty much any occasion when you want a stylish lighting situation.

I'm a big fan of Mexico and have been lucky enough to celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico the past few years.

My skull lights are inspired by the traditional Day of the Dead sugar skull design, are made from 40-year-old, salvaged bread crates sourced in Northumberland. They come in pink, yellow and blue for a typical Mexican-inspired feel. Or in gold for something a bit different!

After this week's tragic events in Mexico, £5 from each sale will be donated to the Mexico Earthquake Appeal. 

A new range!

New creations for Summer 2017

On Saturday 5 August, I was at Tyne Bank Brewery, previewing a few new things I've been making recently.

Rose gold, hearts, pineapples and garden furniture were all included and it was good for me to get some real life feedback from the great Geordie public.

The new range is going to launch online on Saturday 12 August - so here's what you need to do:

  • If you were at Tyne Bank Brewery on Saturday 5 August and saw something that you'd like to buy and you can't wait until Saturday 12 August, then get in touch here.

  • If you want to be told as soon as things are available to buy online, let us know and we will put you on the mailing list.



Events and Fairs

Handmade Tyneside events and pop-ups

Cheeseburn, courtesy  Sally Ann Norman

Cheeseburn, courtesy Sally Ann Norman

This year you can find us at the following events and fayres:

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017, 11am - 4pm we will be at Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens and Gallery displaying a range of lighting and homeware, with some new items designed specifically for the weekend. 

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November 2017, 10am - 5pm, we will be at the St. James' Park Festive Fayre with some unique, handmade Christmas gifts and some new items too.

We are hoping to have a Christmas pop-up shop in Newcastle-upon-Tyne too, so watch this space.



For George

Letter Lights

I was recently commissioned to make a night-light for five-year-old George's bedroom.

These LED wall lights are made from 1970s bread crates sourced in Hexham, Northumberland. 

They give a warm-white ambient light, enough to take the edge of the 'night' or add some ambient lighting to any room.

More pictures on Facebook.



For Sue

Letter Lights

Sue got in touch through the website, as she had just moved into a new house and wanted her name in lights - or her initial anyway.

My usual go-to wood for letter lights (and skulls) are the 1970s bread crates I sourced in Hexham, Northumberland in 2016 from a farmer who had 20 or 30 stacked in a barn. Due to growing popularity, they weren't cheap, but well worth it for strong and nicely aged wood like this.

Thanks Sue!


Now available: The Washington

A new project comes to fruition...

The Washington light by Handmade Tyneside. This was handmade from Honduran mahogany, salvaged from a 1950s office block in Washington, Tyne and Wear. This wood formed part of an escape shaft in a lift, and is over 60 years old.

See some more photographs over on our Facebook page.

A revamp: Sugar Skull Lights with added bling

A deluxe take on my Sugar Skull lights...

Our friends at Skullduggeri Hair & Beauty recently moved into a new salon on Grey Street, Newcastle - so I made them a Sugar Skull light, but with added bling... this is the first of a new Deluxe collection I'm making, which come in gold, copper and chrome silver and feature a twisted fabric electrical cord. It's all in the detail! These are £85, they will be on the shop soon but hit me up for pre-orders.

Skullduggeri, 14-16 Grey Street, Newcastle

Skullduggeri, 14-16 Grey Street, Newcastle

We went to market: Christmas

Taking Handmade Tyneside on the road...

This festive season we were lucky enough to be invited to two craft markets - one in South Shields and one at Tyne Bank Brewery in Newcastle. It was there that we sold our first and to date, only, Mexicat! We had a great time meeting customers and talking about our products, where we salvage the wood from and the stories behind our projects. 

Looking forward to taking HT on the road in 2017!

Best seller: Bottle openers

You guys are loving these...

Our handmade bottle openers continue to be one of our best sellers, so much so I've just had to make a hella load more.

These are handmade from the bar of a Gateshead working men's club that was being refurbished and turned into flats. The history in the building meant I couldn't let this wood go to scrap, and it felt fitting to make something related to a pub! Grab yours here.