These two coffee tables were formed from a couple of slabs that I milled from the stump of a Sycamore felled to allow development of a local hotel. To be honest I didn’t have a lot of confidence in anything coming from them. Rounds like this always split and it was impossible to get them properly covered or weighted down where they were to be stored but we gave it a go. I am so glad we did. Once they were levelled some fantastic spalting […]
Its a sign that things are going well but, we are drowning in sawdust. I have two varieties, wet from milling which is generally pretty clean i.e. not mixed up with anything inorganic and dry from the workshop which though dry can have some other stuff in it from the workshop floor but I would say it is 99% wood. If you have a need or know someone that does it’s free by the sack-load provided you can assure me it will be put to […]
Adverts for new cars these days often tell us we can have one for just a few pounds a week. They play down the fact that you need to put down a deposit of several thousand pounds and that you do not ever own the car. But still, you can ‘have’ a new Land Crusher, Avenger for only £20 a week. That got me thinking. Core to C&C’s approach to sustainability is the idea that we should make furniture that lasts. If we do this, […]
Following our media debut on the Ellis and John show on Radio X when our products were very favourably compared to a prison weapon, we have been at it again. This time we have been commended by former Labour Party Leader and all round good chap Ed Milliband and leader of the Geoffocracy, Geoff Lloyd on our becoming a Social Enterprise and our recent switch to Green Energy. Basically, they just read out my e-mail but it is still good. Their Reasons to be Cheerful […]
Colwill and Co has always had a green purpose. We have always wanted to make sure that we used materials that are recycled and recyclable or which cause the least environmental impact in their production. And it has never really been about the money, nobody who is a maker really is, otherwise they would do something else. It has been about making furniture that is stylish, practical, respects the environment and offers great value. So most of our products are made using reclaimed wood or […]
Actually it has been quite a major reorganisation as well as introducing some new products that I am really rather proud of. If you haven’t visited for a while, why not come and have a chufty and if you find anything not working do please let me know (though I may cry). I have been busy too on some wonderful commissions that I am in the process of writing up, so there is more to keep you eye out for in the near future.
Having a website is a wonderful excuse for a bit of self indulgence and to drone on about my favourite subject; design. Strap in. Colwill and Co exists to make furniture and household objects that adhere to a few simple criteria. The things we make should do their job really, really well. That means that they should work well from the get go, i.e. be easy to put together by the user. They should do their job perfectly. No if’s buts or maybe’s, if a […]
Until recently you needed to be one of those very fortunate types that were part of our Your Tree scheme to benefit from our awesome mobile sawmilling skills. But not now. Oh no. Now you can benefit from these talents even if you want to make something from the wood yourself. Or perhaps even sell a bit? Read all about it here.
…and 404 errors and broken links and strangely rotated photos and, well who knows it is IT and therefore a law unto itself. It’s web site refresh time and anything can happen. Yup, I am having a bit of a sort out and that always leads to a little bit of chaos. So, if anything doesn’t seem to be working or you can’t find what you need just contact us and we’ll sort it out.
The Office of National Statistics have released figures for the average cost of a square meter of residential property. As you would expect it varies dependent upon area from £777 in West Wales to a whopping £19,439 in Kensington and Chelsea with a national average of £2,395. So, how much is the floor your furniture sits on costing you? Remember you need to think about the space that surrounds it too. A King Size bed with room to walk around three sides comes in at […]