Hurrah for all the wonderful women and men who work their socks off to create unique, beautiful and quirky items to brighten our homes and bring a smile to our faces. These wonderful producers pour a great deal of time and care into their designs and constantly show us new ways to elevate the ordinary and everyday into something special. At the Craft House we love to celebrate our makers and we feature one of these hugely talented people in store and online once a month.
Craft Hero Mike Craig
Hi, I’m Mike Craig, also known as the Engine Wood Bodger. I carve spoons and turn bowls from green unseasoned wood using only hand tools. My spoons are carved with just axe and knives and their smooth finish is achieved with very sharp tools. No sandpaper is harmed in the making of my spoons. Using green timber gives me a greater connection between the tree and the finished products. I treat carving as my working meditation. My spoons and bowls are designed to be used and I hope that they will give a lifetime of service to their new owners. Once you’ve eaten with woodenware there’s no going back, it’s such a warm and wonderful material. I’m very excited that my woodenware is going to be on sale in the wonderful setting of The Craft House. I have a deep love of trees and woodlands and from 2007 to 2016 I was a college lecturer in Countryside Management, specialising in woodland management. I am now self -employed and when I’m not in the woods carving I’m working as an arboricultural consultant. I’m also lucky enough to work with National Trust as the Bodger at Nostell Priory and Parkland near Wakefield. My workshop is based in a beautiful bluebell wood called Engine Wood. Hence Engine Wood Bodger. The only thing I enjoy more than carving green wood in a woodland setting is helping others to discover and develop their own woodland craft skills and I’m very excited about running carving courses from the The Craft House. Come and create your own beautiful spoons.
The Craft House
101 Saltaire Road