Welcome to LapageMade’s First Blog Post!!!

Welcome to LapageMade’s first real blog post and I hope it’s the first of many. It’s exciting to think that I can share all that I do, the ideas that I have and things that I make and places I take LapageMade to and bring them all to you.
I hope the blog page will work with the other pages on the website but perhaps on a less formal level.
I first began the process of creating the website after Christmas’14, after a busy first 6 months of bringing things into existence that I could offer for sale and that I could engrave.

Laser engraving is a form of pyrography but much more precise and creative. I can laser engrave anything in theory, I have even tried a banana and my phone and nearly had an accident with a passing wasp! Ive been told in no uncertain terms that if I try and engrave my hand/finger nail, my wife won’t have any part it or the consequences!
So, six months have passed since I wanted to do this from a cold and frosty Christmas to a wet and windy July. The Shipping Forecast has already mentioned squally showers, cyclonic and poor visibility this evening!!!
So far all the items we sell appear in the shop section, the Wooden Post Cards are a hit and accepted perfectly well through the Royal Mail.

The backing to a wooden postcard.

The backing to a wooden postcard.

Laser Engraved Tree Postcard

Laser Engraved Tree Postcard

The personalised oak paddle boards are a success, perfect for either a chopping board or as a cheese board/serving platter. We have one in our own kitchen that I engraved for my Wife with the dates we first met, when I proposed and when we got married.

Personalised Oak Chopping Board Platter

Personalised Oak Chopping Board Platter

What seemed such a simple task took some researching….. How do you put a hole into a piece of wood that would accept the shape of an egg. Well! Since the discovery was made, Half a Dozen, A Full Dozen and A Dozen and A Half are now a ‘cracking’ seller.

How many is a sixth of a dozen?

How many is a sixth of a dozen?

I always wanted to engrave a large chopping board and after I couldn’t fit any more wording onto the family board that I have I had to make one. Another trip to the saw mill and I bought a length of 2″ kiln dried oak cutting it to size. I thought it a great waste to cut it into a square shape and would miss such amazing detail of some of the bark detail so the waney edged board was born, with the great detail of some of the pipping an oak tree has…

Waney edge engraved oak chopping board

Waney edge engraved oak chopping board

There are a few more creations that feature in the shop that I wont detail now but you can certainly have a look….

Ive been asked by several people, some from recommendations, to engrave wood for work projects. Chair backs for Kitchenetta, a Deli in Woodhall Spa. Myers in Horncastle, a baker that had a shop refitting and had their logo engraved into their shop display. Clever Hands, a lovely couple who make leather bags/purses etc commissioned circular tags to be fitted onto their wares. Tennyson Bespoke cabinet makers have their logo laser engraved onto their drawer sides as part of their marketing.
I also make my own business cards made from a very thin plywood, 1.5mm thick. I engrave my details onto the ply and cut them to size in the same process. A Eureka moment when I first started out and wanted some cards made up, I had the wood in stock and tried it out.

For now, that is it, we are at the Revesby Show next Sunday the 2nd August in the Craft Tent, hope to see you there. I will keep you up to date with what we are up to and I’ll let you know how the Revesby Show goes next Sunday and just hope there isn’t as much rain as there is today!!!

John