Congratulations to Pimms who by building a huge deckchair and placing it on Bournemouth Beach obtained National and International coverage.
At 8.5 meters high and 5.5 meters wide, weighing almost 6 tonnes it isn’t going to fall down. That said, you wouldn’t want to get your fingers trapped in this one.
Stuart Murdoch, the sculptor who created the deck chair, also designed and built a full size Challenger Tank entirely out of egg boxes in support of Help for Heroes. The deckchair won’t be there for long and no one is sure where it will go to next.
A thought occurred to us whilst making bunting the other day. What do we do with the Clew’s and Head of the spinnaker? From a sailmaker’s perspective, this is where all the strength of the sail is concentrated. Thus, the sail is thicker in the corners and has a fixing point (normally a ring). The light-bulb moment…. ping ….. why not cut out the two clews and the x metres of surrounding strengthened spinnaker, sew them together and what you have is the basis of a hammock! As the clews are identical in size and shape, the hammock should be balanced.
Anyway, phase one of development proved to be most successful. It usually takes us at least four attempts to get to this stage. Phase two coming up.
With deckchairs being the talk of the day, our attentions turned to putting one up. How hard can it be…….?!
So we went out onto the field (didn’t want to get sand on customers chairs) and shot the following video that shows you exactly how not to and how to put up a deckchair.
Thanks to our customers who provided the use of their future deckchair to be used in this video. No deckchairs were harmed in the making of this video.
A small intro video about the cafe and if you watch it to the end there is some lovely footage of a little girl playing in front of our windbreaks!
We were invited by the Earl of Leicester to provide a windbreak for consideration to be used with their newly refurbished beach cafe. The beach cafe is part of the Holkham Estate and sits next to the beach at Wells Next the Sea.
Naturally, we were delighted and sent off a windbreak. He loved it and the estate management loved it, so we made a whole bunch of them to be used as an awning around their cafe. We are awaiting the marketing photos, but just couldn’t wait any more and very kind man called Phil from BigSkyCoast in Wells Next the Sea kindly took these photos for us. He runs a great site, so please take a minute to check out his information.
Anyway, it was quite a challenge making all these windbreaks to (a) fit and (b) fit in with their designs. We worked with the estate and a design team and the end result is wonderful (but we are bias). You really have to see it to appreciate them in full The good news is there are plans to make more and the concrete you see in front of the windbreaks is being replaced with landscaped gardens in time. The plans look spectacular and we are thrilled to have our windbreaks in such a position.
Everyone at Holkham Hall was lovely and the estate manager and beach cafe manager were a delight to work with.
Marketing photos will follow soon and we will post these around the site. More photos from Phil can be found on our facebook page.
Holkham Hall itself is also wonderful and the grounds are beautiful. We were lucky to go when it is closed to the public and I wandered amongst the deer in the most spectacular scenery before heading to the beach. If you would like to find out more about the history of Holkham, have a look through their website.
I was on the beach the other morning when the sun was shining bright and the tide was out. I wanted to try and take some pictures of our prototypes. Anyway, I kid you not, but as I was trying to hang one of our bags on a lifebouy a nice lady walked by and said she loved the bag, in fact she liked them all. She asked if she could try it on? ”Of course” I replied and brokered a deal for a photo shoot.
I promise you I don’t know this women, but she is one of our first customers and I like her