17th November 2013
Firstly another big thank you to all of you. We are at present unable to stick to the schedule we first hoped for as our framer was unavoidably delayed on other jobs. Weather and temperatures in the north of Scotland mean we will have to be patient.
Be assured ALL the money we have will only be spent on the workshop, but physical work will continue next spring with our eagerly awaiting volunteers.
We have also thought of a way to make our materials go further and therefore stretch out the pennies to enable us to be nearer completion of the work. This will mean the money goes on materials rather than labour. Geoff will be changing the construction method to enable the bigger timbers we already have to be cut in half and therefore make an easier frame build. This will also enable us to continue at our own pace.
Geoff’s own work load producing more art will decrease after December and his health requires some hibernation (and writing) time. So we will be reporting back next year with more interesting news.
Creatively moving forwards.
Fuggo and Geoff King
28th September 2013
Some pictures of the foundations work in progress and the finished pads. As we have now raised over £2000 the wood frame work is booked to start late October into November.
19th September 2013
We are starting on the foundations of the new workshop this weekend!
29th August 2013
17th August 2013
Many thanks to all those people who have donated to the workshop build project. We now have £1300 towards our target and plan to get the frame up in early October. All contibutions, no matter how small, are appreciated very much. Thank you.
30th July 2013
24th July 2013
In just three weeks we are already half way to our target! Many of you have made donations of £5, £10 or £20 and these all add up, so a big THANK YOU to every single one of you. All contributions make a difference and will help this project become a reality.
23rd July 2013
For those of you who don't have facebook, I have decided to restart news postings here, particularly in relation to the crowd funding workshop project.
17th August 2012
23rd May 2012
I am happy that my Baltic amber & Scottish marble are ethically sourced and environmentally friendly. Now I have found and bought some new stones from another ethical supplier, "Designer Cabochons". I shall be discontinuing the designs with small round cabochons (mass produced and uncertain origin) as soon as my current stocks run out. Watch this space for new pieces with the lovelly new stones.....
9th April 2012
I am delighted to announce that I am through to the finals of the Craft & Design Selected Awards for the second year running. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.
26th March 2012
Another selling event just confirmed: Scone Palace Forest Festival, Perth, Scotland, PH2 6BD, 16th - 17th June, 10am - 4pm (including carving demonstration).
18th February 2012
Another selling event just confirmed: Craft & Garden Fair at Clan Donald Skye & Museum of the Isles, Armadale Castle Gardens & Museum Of The Isles, Armadale, Isle of Skye, IV45 8RS. 26th & 27th May, 10am - 5pm (including carving demonstration).
6th February 2012
I've decided to move a handful of pieces (pictured below) to make room for new stock, so I'm having a little SALE - most items about half price. See relevant pages for prices.
30th January 2012
13th January 2012
5th January 2012
After my winter break I am now working on commissions before developing some more designs and re-stocking the website.
28th September 2011
We have received confirmation that we have a stall 3d/2d Craft & Design Fair, St. John's Church Hall, Princes St., Edinburgh, Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December, 11am - 5pm.
20th August 2011
We have received confirmation that we have a stall at Kaleidoscope Festival, (music, performing arts and sustainability), Kinkell Farm, St. Andrews, Fife, 30th Sept - 2nd Oct. Ticketed event.
27th July 2011
Two new events added to the "Shows" page.
26th July 2011
The "Root & Branch" bangle is now part of the "Woodlanders" exhibition at The Watermill, Aberfeldy, 30th July - 25th September.
8th June 2011
I have just received confirmation of the following event: 3d/2d West End Craft & Design Fair, St John's, Princes St., Edinburgh, 22nd - 28th August, 11am - 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
13th April 2011
I am now one of the six finalists in the "Wood & Metal" category of the Craft & Design Selected Awards. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.
We’re entered for the craft&design SELECTED AWARDS. Please vote for us by visiting www.craftmaker.co.uk/geoffking The Public Vote is open until 31st March 2011. Thank you for your support
28th January 2011
I have now devised my own environmentally friendly finish from a mixture of hazelnut oil, essential plant oils and beeswax. It is water and mould resistant and contains no solvents or other chemical ingredients - it is made from only completely natural products.
27th January 2011
First show for the year is booked. An Easter trip down south 22nd-25th April: Hyde End Easter Craft fair The venue is Hyde End, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16
14th December 2010
Last posting date for Christmas - 21st December.
7th November 2010
I've just started a Facebook page for Woodland Treasures: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Woodland-Treasures/128892233832175 . As soon as I figure out how to do it, "Follow me on Facebook" buttons will appear on this site.
Publication of "Woodlanders - new life in Britains forests" edited by Ian Edwards and published by Saraband. The book is filled with articles about people working or playing with woodlands, wood or woodland products in Britain. It covers wooden buildings, harvesting wild products, art and crafts, working with groups and the community woodland movement. Includes an article on my work.
17th September 2010
9th September 2010
Due to poor sales in previous years I have decided not to sell this year at “Exclusively Highland” Christmas Craft & Design Fair, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, 3rd – 5th December.
8th September 2010
Back from the amazing Festival of the Tree at Westonbirt. Thank you to everyone who came to say hello and to those of you who bought my work. Quite a lot sold, so I'm busy trying to restock for the Christmas season.
21st August 2010
Profile of me and my work by Helen Johnson in "CRAFT & DESIGN" magazine, just published in September/October issue.
25th May 2010
I was recently interviewed by Helen Johnson for an article in "CRAFT & DESIGN" magazine, to be published in July.
15th May 2010
A selection of my work is now available at Jardine Gallery Shop, 45 New Row, Perth, PH1 5QA.
Insider Festival added to selling events.
4th May 2010
An American magazine "Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts" has published an article profiling me and my work and shows a project detailing how make a pair of inlay earrings. They have kindly provided a pdf that is available to view here.
28th March 2010
Due to increasing demand my waiting list for commissions is now 12 - 14 weeks.
2nd March 2010
I shall be selling again at the Big Tent Festival in Fife 23rd - 25th July, but unfortunately there is no Edinburgh Treefest due to lack of funding.
9th February 2010
I am happy to announce the confirmation of my first selling event this year:
Craft In Focus , RHS Wisley Gardens — nr Woking, GU23 6QB, 15th - 18th April, 10am to 6pm Thursday & Friday; 9am to 6pm Saturday & Sunday (including carving demonstration).
19th January 2010
After a period of rest (hibernation?) I am now working on some orders, re-stocking, new designs and researching selling events for the year ahead. The relevant changes will appear soon....
20th November 2009
I am very pleased to announce that I have just received notification from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre that my bog oak from near Culloden Moor has been radiocarbon dated as approximately 4200 years old. Expect to see more pieces made with it soon.
6th November 2009
Craftscotland feature my work in a piece on the Wych Elm Project in their latest newsletter.
I'm now beginning to catch up on restocking after a prolonged period selling faster than I can make. Keep checking as I add new work to the site - although it will probably sell quite quickly the closer we get to Christmas.
2nd October 2009
The exhibition of the Wych Elm Project finally opens next Friday! It is in the new John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Oct 2009 — Sun 28 Feb 2010. I have a piece included that was commissioned as part of the project, an owl bangle.
14th September 2009
I'm not long back from my 3 week road trip taking in two major selling events. I am now catching up on commissions before getting down to restocking and adding new designs, so please be patient. It is worth ordering "sold" items to get on the waiting list because there is no guarantee that a specific design will be back in stock in the very near future.
20th August 2009
Since the publication of the "Permaculture" article (see 15th April below), I have been rushed off my feet, which is why there is so much out of stock on the website. I have two big shows coming up, so please be patient - I'm making as fast as I can!
18th July 2009
26th June 2009
I have made the first piece with Scottish Bog Oak - a green man pendant (see Bog Oak page). It was extremely hard but satisfying to carve. I do not yet know it's age, but I suspect it is younger than my Somerset Bog Oak.
27th May 2009
I am very excited to have found a supply of Scottish Bog Oak. The date is uncertain, but it will probably be at least as old as my bog oak from Somerset (4600 years old). Keep an eye out for new work using this soon - it will be labelled as Scottish. You can also commission something special to be made for you.
22nd May 2009
I am pleased to have been approved for a "Makers award" by Hi-Arts towards the cost of developing an exciting new project. Details to be announced in due course.
12th May 2009
Outsider Festival cancelled by the organisers.
7th May 2009
2nd May 2009
Two new Christmas events added: Exclusively Highland Christmas Fair , Eden Court Theatre, Inverness 20th, 21st & 22nd November & Brodie Castle Victorian Fair , 28th & 29th November see shows page for details.
29th April 2009
Another new event confirmed - The Big Tent Festival, Falkland, Fife - Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July, (including carving demonstration), ticketed event.
26th April 2009
New event confirmed - The Outsider Festival , Rothiemurchus, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, 27th & 28th June, (including carving demonstration), ticketed event.
15th April 2009
30th March 2009
All necklaces and pendants are now supplied on NEW hand braided waxed linen thread. I believe that this is a substantial improvement on the cotton cord previously used. It is stronger, longer lasting and better compliments the quality of the work.
28th March 2009
Mal's cart now fully functional on this website.
2nd March 2009
New shopping cart coming soon. I am always looking for ways to improve my work, the site and my service to customers. As part of this process I am soon to incorporate Mal's Cart to make the buying process simpler and easier.
1st March 2009
"Permaculture" magazine will run a feature about us, our lifestyle and my work in their next issue (publication date late April).
18th February 2009
I have confirmed more events for 2009, see shows page. Please note new date for Edinburgh Treefest! It has now moved to 18th & 19th July.
19th January 2009
Do not be fooled by the apparent lack of activity on-line. Behind the scenes, work is being done despite the short cold days in these Northern climes.
Coming soon: new designs, 2009 events listings and updated website, including moving the postage options to a new and easier to use basket.
First show confirmed:
Crafts at Lancing College , Lancing, opposite Shorham Airport West Sussex, BN15 0RW, 4th & 5th April, 10.30am - 5pm.
1st January 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
28th November 2008
I have now added a range of bangles to the commissions/specials page. They are sold as seen, but I can make your size to order, contact me for details.
26th November 2008
NEW! You do not have to join Paypal to pay through them, but if you do not wish to do so you can phone me on 01862 871639 (10am-6pm GMT) with your card details or to send a cheque.
20th November 2008
Completion of an owl bangle (see commissions) as part of "The Wych Elm Project." There will also be a book featuring the makers and their work due to be launched at the exhibition in the new visitor centre at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, opening summer 2009.
6th November 2008
10th October 2008
I've booked an additional selling event: Victorian Christmas Craft Fair, Brodie Castle, By Nairn, Moray-shire, 29th - 30th November, 10am - 4pm.
1st October 2008
"Geoff King - Artist in Wood", a profile by Fi Martynoga published in the autumn issue of "Reforesting Scotland" magazine. They have kindly provided a pdf of the article that is avaiable to view here.
26th September 2008
I have just received a delivery of lovely big pieces of Baltic Amber from Lithuania. These will be incorporated into new work in bog oak over the next few weeks and months.
13th September 2008
I recently embarked on a three week "road trip" to the South West of England exhibiting at two events and working in an old friend's workshop in between.
Fiona and I erected my stand in our striking medieval marquee (made by World Tents) as part of the "Festival of the Tree" at Westonbirt Arboretum, the Forestry Commission's national showpiece collection of over 3000 species of trees and shrubs covering 600 acres - truly a tree-lover's heaven!
The show was for me both a huge success and very enjoyable. In addition to selling a lot of my work, it was a great opportunity to meet many other wood users and wood lovers.
Two weeks later, after a lovely stay with old friend's Pete & Cath (and sharing Pete's workshop), we set up outside the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe for North Devon Folk Festival . Whilst not a huge financial success, the event was extremely enjoyable, not just for the music (Seth Lakeman, Transglobal Underground, Bellowhead...), but also for the people, including the venue's wonderfully friendly and helpful management and staff.
I returned with a list of commissions and a generous collection of Pete's off-cuts to be greeted by five new kittens, a giant pumpkin and a mountain of marrows.
11th August 2008
Six pieces of work have been accepted for inclusion in the "Green and Organic 08" exhibition at "View from the Top" Gallery in Nottingham. The exhibition runs from 3rd - 13th September.
1st August 2008
Blue Amber jewellery coming soon. The intrepid young globe-trotting collector who supplies me with straight-from-the-mines gemstones has recently acquired a small quantity of the rare and precious blue amber form the Dominican Republic. I have four pieces that I shall soon be incorporating into new bog oak designs (see brooch and pendant on back catalogue page). OR contact me soon if you want to commission a piece with blue amber.
7th July 2008
Autumn and Christmas dates added to list of shows.
10th June 2008
An American magazine "Woodcarving Illustrated" has published an article (written by Kathleen Ryan) profiling Geoff and his work and shows a project detailing how to carve a brooch. They have kindly provided a pdf that is available to view here.
30th May 2008
Geoff is interviewed by Fi Martynoga for a forthcoming article in the next issue (autumn 2008) of "Reforesting Scotland" magazine.