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St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School

 

St. Joseph’s RCVA Primary School

 

Over the past 6 weeks at The Wood Pile on Tuesday afternoons we have had several little guests on site, the children from St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School in Durham.

We were contacted late in 2015 through our website www.thewoodpile.org by a teacher at the school named Dylys, Dylys was interested in a visit with the children to discuss the theme of recycling, upcycling and sustainability which would be beneficial to the children’s Geography and Technology curriculum.

After trading correspondence, we learned that the school did not have the facilities to teach woodwork, to that we then arranged for the children to come once a week for a 6 block period, in which they would be able to undertake their technology curriculum, at such a time they could learn and use skills such as cutting, joining, shaping and finishing.

We thought this would be a great opportunity for us, to help out in the community and have our volunteers and staff work to help the children, they’d be able to help with projects and give advice, the school were more than happy with this arrangement.

The sessions began on the 19th April and they had their final week on the 24th May, the children would walk with their teachers to our premises in Dragonville where they would spend around an hour with us.

Throughout the sessions the children went from deciding whether they wanted to make a fairy house or a bird box, then they would be talked through the process before being split up into little groups at their own work stations with each group having someone guide them through what they were doing, from drilling holes, hammering nails, measuring and sawing.

Each of the 14 students would go away with their own bird box/fairy house, they were helped to understand what they were doing why they were doing it, asking questions.

Once the projects began to take shape, the children seemed extremely pleased with themselves, this continued when it came to designing how they wanted to decorate their projects.

Some opted to draw on designs and then paint, whereas some just splashed on the paint, the final week once all projects had been painted accessorised and glittered, they were treated to some balloon animal making by our volunteer John, which seemed to be a big hit.

We’d heard from some parents that the children loved coming here, getting involved in the process of making something, we are extremely pleased to be able to provide a space and knowledge for this to take place, and we look forward to the next class of children starting on 7th June.

We have also begun working with the Foundation of Light, they are a sports charity affiliated to Sunderland AFC working with veterans to help them to regain confidence and assist them in getting back in to work. They have commenced a 4 week course to learn basic joinery skills, once again we are thrilled to be give this opportunity to help the wider community.   

Karen Stubbings (The Wood Pile Director) said, “we are thrilled to work with St Joseph’s School and the Foundation of Light, so far the results have been fantastic with some really creative work being carried out”

We will put some pictures from the weeks to show the children working on their projects.

Some comments from the children in Group 1

Ava “Thank you for everything, it was fun”

Isla “I loved it”

Kacey “I enjoyed it”

Esther “Thank you for helping me learn something new”

Amelia “I really enjoyed this as I got to learn a lot”

Some comments from the children in group 2

Megan “I like the way it is. thank you for helping us.”

Josane (How can we make it better) “It was already brilliant, Thank you very much I had a lovely time.”

Darcy (How can we make it better) “I like it the way it is, thank you very much.” 

Phoebe (How can we make it better) “I like the way it is, thank you very much.” 

Sophie (How can we make it better) “I like it all, thanks very much.” 

Tamisin (How can we make it better) “It was already as good as it could be, thank you I had a great time.” 

Mya “Thanks so much, it was the best!!!”

 

Photos below 

 

 

 

 

Victorian Style Chairs

Product ID TWP-263

Victorian Style Chairs

We have these 4 newly upholstered Victorian Style Chairs, painted in Annabelle Duke “Straw Bail” Chalk Paints, distressed and waxed, these chairs would look great in any dining room, hallway or bedroom.

 

4 Available

PRICE £49

 

 

 

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

 

T&C’s

  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse. 

Square Fence Posts

Square Fence Posts 

We have these Square Fence Posts 7 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches

£35 each

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

All payment information can be found on the following link.

Paying with Paypal

T&C’s

  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • The Wood Pile are open to offers within reason
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse. 

The Wood Pile in the news

Here I will put all of our news articles and any other sorts of media attention, in no particular order.

 

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14243216.__5k_for_wood_project_means_Gavin_won_t_have_to_leaf/?ref=arc

 

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/durham/11755029.New_life_for_old_chairs/?ref=rss

 

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14248011.Wood_project_is_a_blazing_success/?

 

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/13800576.12_months__275_tonnes_of_wood_saved__876_pieces_of_furniture_restored__The_Wood_Pile_celebrates_its_first_year/?ref=rss

 

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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/environment/11569181.Wood_recycler_boosts_job_prospects/

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/28/meet-women-launching-startups-50s-deep-breath-jumped

Stool

Product ID TWP-252

Stool

We have this stool painted in Annabell Duke “Ruby Slippers” and waxed.

 

Price £35

 

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

 

T&C’s

  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse. 

Sideboard

Product ID TWP-245

Sideboard

Vintage sideboard which has a cupboard at either end with three central drawers, all have attractive brass drop handles and clean interiors which dates to the turn of the 20th century. with Queen Anne legs. Painted with Annabell Duke Paints waxed and stenciled. Measurements; Height 84cm Width 137cm Depth 50cm. just to clarify it is the lower half of the picture not the piece with the mirror 

 

PRICE £180

 

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

 

T&C’s

  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse. 

 

Christmas

We are thinking of some great and unique Christmas ideas for us to start doing this year, we are currently working through some ideas, but attached are some pictures of what we have so far, the hanging decorations are £14 each.

We’ll update this section with more ideas soon…

 

We have these Christmas Eve Boxes which can be painted and personalised with someone’s name on, we have a large version and a smaller version as seen in the pictures. 

Large 

Small 

Seaside Coat Hanger

Product ID TWP-228

Seaside Coat Hanger

Seaside coat hanger, painted in chalk paints £49 for the Coat hanger, the signs/towels are not included in this cost Height 134 cm Width 74 cm

 

Price £49

 

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

 

T&C’s

  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse. 

Halloween

 

Halloween

We have some great ideas for Halloween this year these are the sort of things we’re going to do, we plan to do a generic size and price for each and any alterations would be reflected in the price, we will consider any requests from customers, within reason.

Witches, Cats and Bats were £6 now £4 each and can be adjusted so they can be put into grass.

Ghostly line up was £12 now £10 and includes 4 block characters (typically Frankenstein, Mummy, Ghost and Pumpkin)

Other prices will be updated once we make up more prototypes

Visit The Wood Pile’s profile on Pinterest.


 

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Here’s our first attempt at the Halloween items

 

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Latest additions

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Seaside Chair

Product ID TWP-209

Seaside Chair

We have this Seaside Chair painted in GraceMary Baby Elephant, this is a great looking chair for the home. 

PRICE £36

 

 

 

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

 

T&C’s

  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse.