It soon became a very integral part of Pemberton and was firmly established on the South West and indeed, international maps.
The business sold in 2007 and subsequently closed a few years later.
Pemberton locals and visitors alike, mourned the loss. Watching this demise was too much for us as well and so we decided to move back to Pemberton and buy the property in June 2013.
The garden and pond were overgrown but soon rediscovered. We stripped the building back and cleaned it up to expose the rammed earth and fine carpentry in its windows, doors and beams.
Six months later we re-opened for local craftsmen and artists to showcase their masterpieces, for Pemberton and tourism and to give us a most enjoyable active retirement ( tree change!).
Holy Smoke saw the potential of their unique enterprise being enhanced with the perfect setting and the adjoining gallery, which, in practice is a perfect synergy.
Master craftsman Warwick Backhouse will be demonstrating on the
Pemberton Fine Woodcraft Gallery exhibitor stand.
Warwick Backhouse has lived all his life in the Southern Forests. He started working with wood at 11, learning to turn from his father. He is inspired by nature, choosing to work with native timbers, where he can savour the grain, colour and texture.
Wherever he goes his eyes are open for interesting timber and his collection is salvaged from old buildings, farm clearing and even firewood heaps.
Every piece has a story to tell and his work is represented in private collections throughout the world. Warwick really enjoys carving, particularly leaves, trees and reptiles.
He gets many commissions for Trophies and wedding gifts and loves the challenge and opportunity to create something unique to celebrate and remember.
Mathew Ingram will be demonstrating the pole Lathe method used long ago.
Some of Mathew’s Jarrah Stools
Plus his hand turned mushrooms
Walking Sticks to Last
Windsor Chair by Mathew