Category Archives: Woodwork

Cornish and East Lothian Candle Holders

Three new driftwood candle holders.
Hand crafted from wood I collected from Tyninghame Beach in East Lothian and Crackington Haven in North Cornwall.


After I collect the driftwood, it is placed in my outside wood store for around a year, then stored indoors for approximately three months.


The process of making starts with removing any bark with my bushcraft knife, then coring holes for the candles. This is followed by an initial sanding with two grades of paper using an electric sander, then the long slow process of hand sanding with another four or five grades of paper before two coats of wax and polishing.





East Lothian driftwood candle holder

I recently made three driftwood candle holders for members of the same family.
Here’s the first of these- this is made from wood I collected at Seacliff Beach in East Lothian.


Hand-crafted, hand-sanded and waxed.
If you would like a similar piece, please PM me here or email


Prices vary depending on size,  and I can courier these UK wide. I also have some large pieces of both Cornish and East Lothian driftwood in stock, so can make any size you would like 🙂


Large Driftwood Candle Holder

Hand crafted, sanded (six grades of sandpaper) and waxed (two coats of wax) from driftwood found at Gullane Beach in East Lothian.


This long candle holder measures 48cm x 7cm diameter and holds six candles.


SOLD already! However, if you would like me to make one for you, PM me here or email (more of these to come too!)

New Hand Crafted Cheese Knife

A new creation from a couple of days ago (and to keep up with demand as these are proving to be very popular!).


Hand shaped and carved from a solid block of reclaimed mahogany, then hand sanded with six grades of paper, detail hand carved and finally, two coats of wax applied.

The blade is reclaimed Sheffield Steel- the tang is set into the wood with super strength epoxy.


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Driftwood Candle Holders

Hand-crafted from wood found at Yellowcraigs beach in East Lothian.

Any remaining bark was stripped from the wood, some of the knots were carved out and after coring the holes for the tealights, the long process of hand-sanding begun!


Each one took around two to three hours of hand sanding (with five different grades of paper) before I finished with two coats of wax.


If you would like to purchase one, simply message me on this site or email Thanks.

Both of these are now SOLD, but I have been making others using wood collected from Gullane Beach in East Lothian- pictures coming soon!


Making Cheese Knives

Each of these knives are hand carved and shaped from a solid block of reclaimed mahogany using my trusty Frosts Mora bushcraft knife.


Once shaped, the long process of sanding begins- I typically use six grades of sandpaper down to P600.


After sanding, I carve any designs using a lovely Austrian V-notch tool.


The blades are then set in the wood with super-strong epoxy resin before I apply two coats of wax.


If you would like to purchase one, send me a message on this site, or email

The Dragon Gate

After many hours of planning, design, cutting, wood-carving, slate-carving, I finally installed this in the customer’s garden last week!


Assembled using half-lap joints, dowels and Gorilla Glue- I made this without using a single screw and the only nails are in the framing around the dragon head (design © Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson).


I based the design on the drawing and brief supplied, but I also used Phi (the Golden Ratio) to work out proportions and dimensions.


The details in the wood are all hand-carved. Marbles have been embedded in the wood to catch the sun and light up like LED’s!


If you would like a truly individual garden gate, please PM me or email and we can discuss your ideas




The dragon head after carving and before inserting into the gate.


Carving the details into the wood.


Assembly of the gate.

Hand Carved Mahogany Cheese Knives

These are made from reclaimed mahogany and reclaimed Sheffield steel blades.


Each one is unique and I’m working on more just now. Completely hand made, from the cutting and shaping of the wood to the ultra-smooth sanding and waxing.


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The Swallow Gate

My largest (and most ambitious) project yet!

Here it is in place (and before the customer stained/preserved it);

After much mathematics and large scale 3-D wooden jigsaw puzzling (and four solid days of work), I recently installed this in the clients garden. We were both well chuffed!


The carved swallow insert (© Hatch, Burn, Carve/Martin Wilson);



The gate during construction;


If you would like me to create a unique piece of art for your garden entrance, please PM me here, or email

Natural Wood Cake Stands

I made these natural wooden cake stands for serving a three tier wedding cake.

The top section of wood was sanded down to 1200 grade and then I applied some rapeseed oil to make them more food-safe.


These were seen after posting on my Facebook page and I had an order for another one. This was made using pine for the top and elm for the base.


If you would like to order one, please leave me a message here, or email