In June 2013, almost 7 years ago, we moved both the businesses and ourselves from Bournemouth to Kent, to Tonge Mill. We have always felt lucky to be here, even when we had leaking roofs, rotten windows, and limited heat and power. During the lockdown we have felt this luck even more keenly. We have lots of space, lots of work to do, and the Mill pond is filled with ducklings!
Last year we had an amazing pair of visitors, Ali Heath spent the day interviewing us about our work and Alun Callender took some incredible photos. The result was a feature in Country Homes and Interiors, see below, which just came out. We thought we would share this piece now, and also give you an update on life at the workshop.
All online orders are still going out, Elvis and I live on site so the two of us have always been able to continue work. We have continually adjusted the space, during lockdown, to work out the best way to manufacture while ensuring social distancing. Then slowly, one-by-one, we started bringing the team back in. Although some of our team members have been able to work from home throughout, this was not possible for everyone as several of our machines weigh more than a tonne and certainly are not portable.
It feels incredible to be making, almost at full speed. We just can't wait until we can have everyone here and open the doors for workshops again to let you all back in too!