Welcome to Carol's Wood Crafts Home Page.
Carol Haigh and her husband Dave live in an idyllic location in the woods of Dalton, above the Village of Burton-in-Kendal. Between them, they are "Carol's Wood Crafts". They make and sell decorative and practical wooden craft products for the garden, as well as growing and selling a range of garden plants, flowers and shrubs.
The wood products range from the strictly utilitarian, such as fence posts and palings, through practical but pleasingly aesthetic items like candle holders and bird tables, up to the purely decorative wooden Christmas Animals and Trees. In addition to the standard off-the-shelf products, all of these items can be made to customers' personal specifications.
All the wood used by "Carol's Wood Crafts" is professionally felled in a sustainable manner, from a range of native and non-native tree species. The selection of different wood types allows Carol and Dave to take advantage of the various woods' individual characteristics, and to make the most of the beauty of the grain, colour and aging qualities of each specific timber.
To Borrow a Phrase from American Astronomer Carl Sagan:
"To Make a Picnic Table From Scratch, First, One Must Create the Universe."
Allowing for the discrepancy of the preceding 4.7 billion years (of the evolution of the Cosmos), all of "Carol's Wood Crafts" products are made from scratch. From the smallest candle holder turned on a pole-lathe, to the uniquely-crafted garden gate, they all begin with the standing timber. Dave, a skilled and highly-qualified Forestry Crafts Person, first selects and then fells the chosen tree. Using a chainsaw mill, the tree is transformed into manageable planks of the right size. The planks are then shaped and smoothed into the component parts of the garden bench, or the bird table, or the bird house.
The parts are then assembled into the final product, and finished to the standard that you would expect of a bespoke article of this quality. The photographs used to illustrate these products are taken as carefully as possible to show the full detail of the wood. A photograph is no substitute for the real thing, however, and a visit to the premises is always to be recommended, particularly if you are interested in commissioning an individual piece.