When it comes to receiving gifts no one wants to seem ungrateful, but with a niche hobby and a plethora of junk for your in laws to choose from it’s only a matter of time before your spare bedroom becomes a dedicated storage facility for your collection of stuff that no one wants to buy on eBay. Here are our top 5 awful woodworking gifts that we have seen around the web. 1 ) A hilarious Apron Available in an array of colors, next day dispatch and on sale too! what’s not to love about this hilarious apron. Strangely enough, it doesn’t have any reviews its almost most like no one has brought it yet or maybe your grandmother hasn’t worked out how to leave reviews. I have to say as inclined as I feel to grab my credit card and order one straight away I might have to give it a miss as I don’t consider myself to be the “the perfect chef!”. 2) A wooden watch “we heard you like woodworking so we brought you a wooden watch ” are probably the words going through the air as you try and conjure how the hell you going hide […]
When it comes to workbenches we let our 80-year outstanding reputation do the talking, but if you still not convinced here are our top 7 reasons why you should buy emir. 1) Made to last There are no two ways about it our benches are made to last, when out delivering to schools we often come across benches they brought from us back in the 1970s that are still in working order today over 40 years after we lovingly made them. 2) Made in Britain All our products are produced in our factory here in Ashford, where we have been based since 1966. 3) Sustainably sourced Here at Emir we like to look after our forests that is why we only use wood that has been sustainably sourced, from forests where trees are replanted after they have been felled ensuring that there are trees for future generations. 4) Quality We won’t be beaten for quality and that is exactly why we are loved by thousands of schools and craftsmen the world over. 5) Bespoke We offer bespoke options on the vast majority of our products so that they can be tailored to your needs. 6) Experience Some of our […]
When shopping for anything on the internet pictures can be deceiving and descriptions can stretch the truth, but when it comes to your work bench you probably don’t want to fool for any of these common traps. 1) Slotted metal frames It may seem tempting to go for a bench with a slotted frame which bay connectors can be added to at a later date because of the generally quite low prices of these benches or the lengthy sales spiel about how durable they are kindly spread all over the description box by the manufacturer, but these benches are a big no go. Usually, within the first few seconds of use on a concrete workshop floor, you notice how much they rattle and move around, after the first two to three weeks the legs will begin to start flexing. In short slotted frames are great for racking and shelving units but I wouldn’t want to trust them as anything more than a storage solution. 2) The “no nuts or bolts required” The web seems to be littered with these low-end benches usually accompanied by something along the lines of “can be built […]
There is an amazing graduation tradition at Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts dating back to its establishment in the early 1920s where all the students of the senior year are required carve an image of their choosing into a mahogany panel which is then immortalized hanging in the school for future generations to enjoy. Belmont Hill has now created an archive of all the panels arranged by year on their website, although to the students at the time of carving it probably doesn’t feel like much more than a leavers tradition, looking through the archives you can really gain a sense of what the senior students of that eras hopes, worries and dreams were. I have picked out 9 of my favorite panels from the past 90 years bellow: Crosby B. Kelly 1929 Amazing carving of a zeppelin coming in to land, possibly inspired by the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin which became the first commercial passenger transatlantic flight service in the world in 1928 when it landed at NAS Lakehurst a few states down the coast from Belmont Hill in New Jersey, the LZ 127 later when on to make its first round the world trip in the summer of […]
Whether you are interested in woodwork; weaving; or dress making – Pinterest offers countless sources of inspiration as well as many how-to guides. Here, we round up 10 of our favourite pins that we hope will inspire you! One: ‘Fall Tree’ was created by designer Benjamin Graindorge and is made from a carefully carved oak tree and a slab of glass to support one of the ends of the bench. The branches at one end serve as a “reminder of the wood’s living origins.” Two: This image of a giant Shepherd’s Plaid scarf leads to an interesting article regarding the importance of artisan and heirloom crafts in an increasingly throwaway culture. This Shepherd’s Plaid scarf “was once used to protect farmers from the elements and help them carry lost lambs back to the fold”. Three: BeatWoven is a renowned textiles label that uses state of the art technology to turn music into geometric patterns that can then be woven into fabric. The website is definitely worth a look where you can find out more and view past collections. The homepage also features a video that sheds more light on what goes on behind the scenes. Four: Titled ‘Le Petit […]
A secondary school in Glasgow required workbenches for large groups of students to work around while also providing a stable work surface. The Octagonal Workbench is ideal for this type of classroom as 8 students can sit around it and wood and metalwork vices can be fitted to suit a wide variety of work projects. For classrooms that require extra storage, we offer two depths of cupboards that can be fitted to the under-frame. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below!
In our latest video, we share how we manufacture our solid beech workbenches to make them strong and durable enough for years of heavy duty work. This video was directed and produced by Mirela Kostadinova who is a graduate of the University of Kent. Her work placement with EMIR was made possible through the University of Kent’s Employability Points scheme which rewards students for active engagement in extracurricular activities during their studies. This is the second year that we have sponsored the scheme, having previously taken on students to produce other videos as well as research projects. If you would like to watch more of our videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel where we cover jewellers benches; cutting tables; and weaving looms.
EMIR’s Marketing Manager had a great day out on Sunday along with the Owner Samantha Emmerich, visiting various artists and crafts people on the Artmap Argyll including David Bracken who produces some amazing work. In his workshop they found this 1967 workbench which David had saved from a school in London: So how far have our benches travelled? If you have an EMIR bench then get in contact and let’s find out when it was made and where it has been! Click below for larger photos:
In our new video on the EMIR YouTube channel, we visit student Evie Armstrong-Clarke who received a Jewellers bench from EMIR earlier in the year. Evie recently completed her studies at Central Saint Martins for a degree in Jewellery Design and last year won a Topshop competition. The ‘Freedom’ competition involved Topshop teaming up with the University to select a new designer’s jewellery designs to debut in Topshop Oxford Circus in September 2014. In this video we discuss Evie’s specifications for the bench and how this design has benefited her jewellery designing/making: Get in contact today to find out how we can create a bench that is built to your requirements. To view Evie’s work, click here.
The 2133 Square workbench is a great addition to any Design and Technology classroom due to its durability, solid beech frame and space saving design. What is the 2133 used for? The 2133 Square workbench is ideal for busy classrooms, whether in colleges, secondary schools or university. This is due to the design of the bench that can seat up to 4 students and the option of cupboards underneath the worktop that provides further storage to the workroom. If you are ordering direct from a school, get in touch to find out about the educational prices available to the education sector. Woodwork vs Metalwork As the 2133 is designed for D&T classes, this workbench can accommodate both metal and woodwork vices. For classes that switch between the two crafts, metalwork vices are available on pads, allowing it to be clamped into existing woodwork vices on the bench. This provides complete flexibility between classes and metalwork vices can be stored on the underframe of the bench as a metalwork vice clips into each leg of the bench. What worktops are available for this workbench? Solid beech top Solid beech worktops are standard for most workbenches and provides a durable […]