Made in a traditional manner, Byrgwm Products uses Welsh hardwoods to produce a range of furniture, household wares, toys and utensils. We are delighted to now offer customers anywhere in the world the chance to order products on-line, easily and securely. Byrgwm Products invites you to explore the Web site and order products that offer a little piece of Wales, wherever you are!
Our range of wood products is growing all the time, but an important part of our business is individual commissions and we’ll consider anything from chairs and chopping boards and bowls, to chairs and coat-stands.
In addition Byrgwm Products also provides a recovering service for stools, drop-ins, pin-stuffed and small arm chairs. For quotations on private commissions, bespoke, work, restorations or recovers please contact us by eMail.
The History of Byrgwm Products
Based in the picturesque hamlet of Upper Llanover, near Abergavenny; Byrgwm Products is the business representation of craftsman Mike Bloomfield. After qualifying as a cabinet maker and furniture restorer in Hereford Technical College, Mike Bloomfield began as an independent craftsman in 1985 from a workshop near Abergavenny. The business has been run from the family home, Ty Byrgwm, since 1991, where there’s a dedicated workshop and separate office.
The idyllic area in the Usk Valley, just south of the Brecon Beacons National Park serves to influence Byrgwm Products range of woodturning, small furniture & upholstery products. Byrgwm Products primarily offers woodturning products including small furniture items, salt and pepper mills, mirrors, coasters, candlestick holders, etc. but we’re happy to quote for private commissions, restoration projects or bespoke work.
Byrgwm Products work with a variety of Welsh Hardwoods including Ash, Beech, Cherry, Elm, Oak and native Sycamore. We are conscious of environmental effects and work closely with leading agencies and organisations. You are able to see a selection of our products at the local arts & crafts cooperative, Beacons Crafts, in Brecon. Alternatively, visitors to the area are welcome to come and see the workshop by appointment only. Visit our links page to view accommodation in the area.
The introduction of our on-line craft shop sees another significant step in Byrgwm Products development, reacting to an increase in demand from the United Kingdom and beyond for traditional wood products. The business has many plans for the future including our own environmentally friendly tree cultivation for raw materials and a kiln to dry the wood.
History of Woodturning & Lathes
The lathe most likely evolved from the potter's wheel and the bow drill, which may have been used to bore holes even before fire was discovered. In fact, fire may have been accidentally discovered by someone trying to drill a hole in a piece of wood. The presence of stone, shell, ivory and bone beads with what appear to be drilled holes suggests that the bow drill may have been used as early as the Late Stone Age.
The Egyptians are believed to be the first to use lathes, as evidence of a round tenon joint was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun dating back to 1350 B.C. Moreover, the earliest known illustration of a lathe is a drawing in an Eqyptian tomb dating back to 300 B.C. The drawing depicts one man holding a cutting tool while another uses a cord to rotate the workpiece back and forth. The Egyptians also developed the bow lathe which could be operated by one individual……… To read more about the history of woodturning and lathes, visit the following Web links from around the world for more information.
A Brief History of Woodturning