Thursday, 18 October 2012

Chairs Made From Discarded Wood Shavings Solve A Sustainability Conundrum

Well, whatever next! Chairs made fromwood shavings.Apparently two students, part of a group of students invited by the American Hardwood Export Council to develop wood chairs for the Michigan woodworking studio Benchmark, decided to pursue a design that would make use of the timber swept off the factory floor into the garbage. After some experimentation they finished with a chair that not only looked OK  but was usable.Well Proven Chair, which debuted at the V&A during London Design Week, is smooth and strong on the seat side, explosive and drippy on the bottom 

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Saturday, 13 October 2012

How to use Heritage Woodcare

In my last post talking about Heritage Woodcare I said that, in a future post I will tell more about it, Well,. having now introduced you to Heritage (also known as Celtic) Woodcare I will, in this post, tell you how to use it.

To use: Heritage Woodcare is quite easy.
1.Shake the bottle well before use.

2.Pour some Heritage Woodcare into a container.

3.Soak any soft, clean cloth or duster in the polish, Squeeze and wring the cloth out.. (You can return the un-used polish to the bottle) and just wipe.

4.Now use just one cloth to clean and polish!

Heritage Woodcare is oil based – there is no need for waxing! It polishes and protects at the same time.
If the duster is not wrung enough, the furniture may be left slightly wet, in which case it should be buffed with a dry, clean duster.

Cleaning or stripping your wood before the first use is not required. On furniture where the grain is clogged with wax and silicones, the polish may go streaky, as the buildup is removed In this case, further applications of Heritage Woodcare may be needed before the final finish is achieved. Any clean soft duster or cloth will be suitable provided it is really well wrung out, after it has been impregnated with the Heritage Woodcare. When the cloth becomes dirty it can be washed in soap or detergent. With some dusters, especially yellow, the colour will run and colour the polish. This is not important; you can continue to use the duster as normal.

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Sunday, 7 October 2012

More about Paston Crafts - Microwarm MicrowaveableHeatwraps

With the weather turning  colder and Christmas just around the corner it is, perhaps, time to take a look at some of the products made by Paston Crafts.

Paston Crafts is a family run business based in Coventry. They manufacture a range of  fabric and knitted products with their best sellers being Microwarm Heatwraps and Handwarmers. These are stuffed with wheat and aromatic herbs and can keep you warm even in the coldest of weathers as I know from personal experience, having used them to keep warm when demonstrating at outdoor shows in winter.

 Microwarm Heatwraps are microwaved for up to 3 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. The heat is retained for up to 1 - 1.5 hours. The warmed heatwrap is then applied to aches and pains and this gives gentle heat treatment which is drug free pain relief. You can also use the heatwrap if you are cold and need to warm yourself up. They can also be  used in bed as a "hot water bottle" and are safer than the conventional hot water bottle as you don't have boiling water around and they won't leak. water into your bed.

Hand-warmers use the same principles as Heatwraps but are smaller, being designed for to be held in your hands. These are microwaved for only 30 seconds and will retain heat for up to 30 - 45 minutes, longer if you insulate them by putting them in your pockets or gloves. They are also ideal for drug free relief from toothache and ear ache.

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Drigate Products - Heritage Woodcare

Drigate Products - Heritage Woodcare

I have received a number of enquiries about Heritage Woodcare so thought that as I have mentioned this wonderful polish quite a lot, I ought to tell you more about it

.Heritage Woodcare is made in Dublin by Drigate Products (Mfg)Ltd, a well established family company based on the outskirts of Dublin.They are commited to manufacturing and supplying the very best traditional cleaning and nurturing products to look after your personal and household possesions.Many of their products are based on Victorian craftsmans recipes containing old fashioned tried and tested ingredients but updated, using modern technology, to cope with 21st century developments. Heritage Woodcare is an example of their approach to bringing the very best products to your attention.

Heritage Woodcare is a twentyfirst century polish based on a tried and tested recipe that is centuries old and was known only by the grand masters of the furniture crafts. The competition for perfection in the cleaning, polishing, and preservation of wooden furniture between these rival grandmasters can still be seen today when looking at many priceless antiques. In order, to get the desired results, these grandmasters would spend hours, sometimes days, working on a single item.Few people today have the time, or the patience, of these grandmasters, so after much research, and backed up by modern technology, this centuries old recipe has been updated to produce Heritage Woodcare. which gives the same outstanding results in a fraction of the time.

Heritage Woodcare is very easy to use and has a variety of uses. In future blogs I will tell you more about it and also about its sister product, Heritage Leathercare. Both products can be bought online. For Heritage Woodcare visit and for for Heritage Leathercare visit