As the Coronavirus situation evolves, our Whitley Bay walk-in shop is now pretty much open as usual, but with the mandatory wearing of masks. Over the last few months we've operated visits by appointment and this has worked very well so we're continuing to encourage this where possible. This way, to an extent, we're able to control the number of cutomers in the shop to one person at any one time, observing social distancing.
Our on-line business remains fully open for business as usual. Claire and I continue to work hard dealing swiftly with web orders as they come in. Royal Mail and Parcel Force keep doing a fantastic job to deliver our packages on time despite the increased volumes in the system, as they have done over the last few months. We are on the other end of a telephone Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm for customers not wanting to order on-line and of course to give any advice.
Despite dealing with far higher levels of orders we have managed to keep stock replenished. Currently, stock levels are good on most products, apart from Hans Karlsson and Svante Djarv tools, as usual! Should you place an order for an item that's not in stock we will inform you of the situation and give you an indication of when delivery can be expected, or we can refund.
OUR 2020/2021 WOODCRAFT COURSES
There are still just a few places remaining on our resceduled Autumn woodcraft courses. We've reduced the number of students on each course as one measure to help ensure everyone is safe.
I'm sure we're all in desperate need of some relaxing human interaction and quality hands-on craft!
Over the next few weeks and months (a bit earlier than normal) we'll start planning for 2021 and get course dates in the diary. The 2021 GREENWOOD CRAFT FOUNDATION COURSE is already booked in. Let us know if you want more information about this extended course.
STAY SAFE EVERYONE.
GRANSFORS BRUK AXES - We have been a direct importer of axes from this world leading Swedish Forge since 2006 and keep almost the entire range in stock and the variants, not just the most popular models, plus replacement handles and sheaths. These hand made axes come with a vegtable tanned sheath and a 20 year guarantee against forging faults. if you damage your Gransfors Bruk axe, our workshop can complete most repairs and restorations. We think we offer the most comprehensive Gransfors Bruk service anywhere.
Our workshop also specialises in the repair and restoration of most makes of axes, modern and old.
TORMEK - We are an authorised dealer, supplying the whole range of Tormek Sharpening Machines and a large chioce of jigs and accessories
WOODSMITH has a national and international reputation for the supply of the biggest and best range of greenwoodworking tools, books and devices. With our walk-in shop now you can get your hands on our stock before you buy. In addition, the SHOP features some very special, if not unique, hand-crafted wooden ware not on the website made by some very talented woodcraft folk so well worth a personal visit. We'll often have very special tools in the SHOP that are not available on the website.
Visit our SHOP at:
7-9 Claremont Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE26 3TN
If you are coming from outside the area, give us a call first so we can ensure Maurice is on hand to give the good advice he's famous for, assuming he's not running a course that is!
If you need help selecting the best tool for a particular job, or maybe a query about which is a good crook knife to start making spoons with, just phone 0191 252 4064 or email and ask to speak to Maurice.
Get genuine advice and support from practicing green woodworkers with more than 25 years professional woodland experience.