Chilterns Crafts

The Chilterns is a living, working area of beautiful countryside whose character has been shaped by agriculture, industry and the crafts people who have lived and worked here over the centuries. The abundant beech woodlands made the Chilterns a centre of the furniture making industry in the 1800s and a legacy of woodland crafts remains. The beauty of the Chilterns landscape still inspires artists, craftspeople and artisan food & drink producers. On this page you will find a selection of Chilterns crafts ....your chance to take home a little slice of the Chilterns!



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Gift ideas: Alistair Phillips wooden bowls and plates

Alistair Phillips is an experienced self-taught wood craftsman, living and working in the Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire.  "All the bowls and plates that I produce have been created in expectation that they will be used. They have been individually hand made from locally sourced native hardwood species, or occasionally from rescued or reclaimed hardwood timber and finished with a coat of food grade vegetable oil. They are entirely suitable for all types of food, be it piping hot soup, jacket potatoes with cheese, beetroot salad, spaghetti bolognaise, ice cream, fruit salad or indeed anything else you may care to devour".

Gift ideas: Adam King Love spoons made from Chilterns wood

Adam King is based in High Wycombe once the centre of the furniture making industry. He makes traditional Chilterns besom brooms and Welsh love spoons which have been given as love tokens since the 17th century. According to Welsh folklore, these ornately carved love spoons are traditionally made from a single piece of wood as a love token for a sweetheart to show their affection and intentions for a loved one.

Gift ideas: Puddingstone Distillery

Gin-maker using local Chilterns botanicals. Based near Tring.

The first gin distillery in Hertfordshire, we are situated at the base of Wilstone Reservoir, just five minutes from Tring in the beautiful Chiltern Hills.

Named Campfire because we, Ben and Kate, founders of Puddingstone Distillery, have enjoyed our best gin and tonics outside and around campfires. Look out for Campfire Gin in selected delicatessens, off licences, bars and restaurants, or pop along to our distillery shop for bottles, limited edition gins, gift vouchers and sampling.

Gift ideas: Ray Holliman wood crafts

Ray Holliman is a skilled woodworker and woodturner, creating beautiful and practical pieces in his own workshop from timber sourced locally in the picturesque Chiltern Hills.

Gift ideas: Chiltern Candles

From her workshop in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, Trish has designed and created her range of luxurious natural wax scented candles that are inspired by the stunning surrounding countryside.  A true artisan product, each candle is individually made using traditional methods with the utmost care and attention.

Gift ideas: Jane Hogben Handmade Pottery

Jane Hogben has been making decorative pottery since she left the Central School of Art and Design. All her work is hand made so each piece is individual and unique. She employs a team of skilled crafts people who use traditional time-honoured methods.

Gift ideas: Kraft in Wood

Robert specialises in woodturning large bowls, hollow forms and vessels in burr, exotic and native woods - especially monkey puzzle, all from sustainable forests/sources. Roberts demonstrates and teaches woodturning for beginners through to experienced turners wishing to expand or hone their skills. Visit Kraft Village to browse and purchase from one of the biggest selections of wonderful woodturnings. Robert is a professional woodturner and is on the Register of Professional Turners supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners, he has been turning for over 18 years. He is also a member of the Association of  Wood-turners of Great Britain, and the American Association of Woodturners. His work consists of a variety of shapes using different woods.

Gift ideas: Peacock Tales paintings and linocut prints

Paintings and linocut prints which reference the beautiful woodlands surrounding the studio. Exploring the woods around here is also highly recommended, incidentally! Artworks primarily of trees, but also inspired by the iconic legacy of GPlan and Ercol: chairs feature heavily.

Gift ideas: Hazel Godfrey willow

Hazel is a contemporary willow weaver inspired by the beauty and versatility of natural materials.
She grows her own willow on a small plantation in North Herts and harvests bark and other natural materials from the countryside around her home. What better than to return from a walk in the woods with a bag full of treasure....!

Gift ideas: Colwill reclaimed timber products

Colwill and Co is a Social Enterprise. That means that our main objective is something other than making a profit. Ours is...

"To positively impact the number of trees growing in the UK and thus benefit the local, national and global population by combating global warming and increasing biodiversity. We will make and sell furniture made from reclaimed wood and timber sourced from trees felled for non-commercial purposes and spend the majority of our profits on tree planting and reforestation."

Gift ideas: John Nuttgens Pottery

John produces a wide range of porcelain and stoneware inspired by nature and the Chilterns landscape. His studio is located just outside the picturesque village of Turville, at Idlecombe Farm. John regularly has a stall at the Hambleden Artisan Market. You are welcome to visit his studio by prior appointment to view his work. 

Gift ideas: Sophie Fois commission and contemporary artist

Sophie's studio is based on a working stud farm, in the picturesque village of Turville. She specialises in horse paintings, pastels and sculptures and animal portraits. You can visit her studio by prior appointment. 

Chiltern Hills Blog and Photography

This unique new travel blog sets out to capture the beauty in the mundane, the stuff that the locals have stopped noticing, but is the very essence of what makes this place special. I hope to give you ideas for where you can; enjoy historic manor houses, ancient hill forts, orchids, sunken lanes, cemeteries, picnics, vistas and the rolling countryside. Also available to purchase are photographic prints of the author's travels around the Chilterns. 

Alice Nuttgen Saddlers

Alice Nuttgens is a master saddle-fitter and makes leather saddle products and accessories, dog leads and belts. She is based just outside the picturesque village of Turville, at Idlecombe Farm.

Whittling and Woodcraft

Learning to carve spoons and other utensils

During this Whittling and Woodcraft course, you will learn carving techniques and ultimately create a spoon and other useful objects to take home. Depending on the season, you may work with tree bark to fashion a useful container, process nettles to make cord or weave with plant fibres. You will be guided along the woodland trail, where you will learn to identify specific trees and understand which are good for these projects.

Working in a lovely woodland setting, centred around a campfire, you will spend the day learning to create a range of wooden utensils, the centre piece being a spoon. Whether you would like a dessert, serving or salad spoon, the choice and creativity will be all yours – David will be there to guide you throughout the day.

Little Chalfont
10:00 – 16:00
£75 per person (18+)

Willow basket making and Raku ceramics making at Wycombe Museum

Throughout the year, Wycombe Museum run a series of events for all ages.  These include their workshop on Raku, a unique Japanese ceramic technique for making glazed ceramics, and a willow basket making course by local basket maker Christine Brewster. See their brochure for details. Event lengths vary.

Wycombe Museum
Baskets: 2nd / 3rd Feb 10am / 2pm. Raku: 17th / 24th Feb 10am / 11am

Chiltern Valley Winery - wine, beer and tours

Old Luxters is home to 'Chiltern Valley Wines'

Chiltern Valley Winery is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Hambleden Valley, between Henley and Marlow. They offer vineyard tours and wine tasting which are very popular, and there is a shop selling their home-produced white wine, beer and liquors.

Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JW
Tours take place every day
1100-1300 & 1500-1700

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit