“My son was off to university, flying the nest. We had bought him a fantastic solid pine bed when he was very young and it had lasted all this time. When we redid his room I couldn’t bare to just throw it away. This is the bed where we’d had midnight cuddles after a bad dream and enjoyed bedtime stories. My friend had told me about a local guy who turned things like this into something special, so I got hold of Martin. He suggested that we could turn the bed into a bench. He came and collected the bed and a couple of weeks later delivered back the most beautiful bench which now sits in pride of place in the garden. It’s so strong and beautifully finished I know it will last a lifetime.”
“A keen amateur musician, I was devastated when I damaged, beyond repair, my faithful old acoustic guitar. We had spent many years together making beautiful music. I mentioned this to Martin and asked if he could give my guitar another ‘life’.
Knowing that one of my other interests is gardening, our conversation led to the creation of a unique guitar-style planter. Boasting six small and one large planting areas, I was able to fill the guitar with colourful trailing plants which continue to delight years later. A great little extra was the wooden guitar stand which really completed the effect. Let the music live on!!”
“After saving so long for our new kitchen, our solid oak worktop was so expensive that we were shocked to see just how much was cut away for the twin sinks and the hob. I took the cutouts to Martin and asked if there was anything he could do with it? We agreed on a chopping board but the end product was so much more! One side offers a large and stable cheese board. The reverse side is an excellent carving board complete with drainage channels and a reversible, stainless steel central spike to hold the meat firmly in place. Finished to a high standard, the board is protected with food-safe oil. The board is in regular use and draws many compliments at dinner parties.”
“My house is a part of our family. Having moved to double glazing at last, I didn’t like the idea of throwing away the wooden windows that I had looked through for so many years. I asked Martin whether he could do anything with them. Knowing I’m a keen gardener, he suggested that they could be turned into cold frames. Using timber from an old dance floor, discarded insulation off-cuts and my old windows, my bespoke cold frames appeared. They are solid, robust structures which can be opened in three positions. When closed, they are a good fit providing rain and frost protection. I have lost count of how many seedlings and cuttings have been raised in the protection of my frames!”