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The first class of the year..

student on picture framing course

It’s been a while since we mentioned our picture framing classes, but these have been increasing in popularity since we began them a few years ago, the most recent of which ran two weeks ago. These one-day beginners courses cover the basic processes and skills required in home picture framing, focusing on DIY tools and equipment that enthusiastic ‘amateurs’ might have to hand. The emphasis is certainly hands-on, and we really make the learners work their socks off! We take a small print and produce a finished picture by the end of the day, which is quite an undertaking in […]

In The (Christmas) Frame: The Usual Suspects

Christmas Frame

In case you hadn’t noticed…it’s That Time Of Year Again. When supermarket shelves groan with tinsel and turkeys; shops are thronged with mildly panicked shoppers determined to get Christmas Sorted as soon as possible; Christmas Muzak playing ubiquitously and plenty of framing projects on the go. One of the best bits (for us) is we get to take our annual Merry Team Photograph. So Here We Are – Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun: The cheerful bunch shown here (from left) include Tim (Boss Santa, so to speak) and Framing Elves Laura, Natalie and Piers. Yes, we are usually this jolly, […]

We nearly didn’t pop up this year…

pop-up shop for uckfield late night shopping

Even though we don’t get out much (because we are conjuring up framing magic for our lovely customers) it has become noticeable that It’s That Time of Year Again: tinsel and fake snow in shop windows, racks of crackers and cards in the supermarkets (the latter from about September, of which we rather disapprove). Early December, however, is a perfectly respectable time to be reminding folk that the festive season is fast approaching, and we have been regulars at Uckfield’s Late Night Shopping for over ten years now. We thoroughly enjoy having a High Street presence, and mingling with the […]

I don’t know much about art…

The Roving Framer’s been at it again: this time a short break in Cornwall, near the artistic hub that is St. Ives. Being a hot spot for those of an aesthetic-seeking disposition, there’s art a-plenty. Taking my framer’s eye with me made the trip so much more fun than just viewing the works of art themselves. Staying at the venerable Carbis Bay Hotel, there was a proliferation of mirrors rather than pictures on the walls, probably to extend and reflect the very beautiful sea-light that abounds. Some were antique, gloriously curlicued and elaborate, others modern copies of antique frames hung […]

The Big August Sail Explained

Bespoke products dictate bespoke prices, and it is a truth that should be universally acknowledged that There Is No Such Thing As A Bargain.  (I have seen the truckloads of ‘seconds’ being wheeled into department stores just before they announce a Big Sale, with my own eyes, which has led to a deep cynicism about the whole process of ‘Sale Prices’ and ‘Massive Reductions’). When you have faith that the work you do is of the highest quality, as we do, generally customers appreciate that the price they pay represents excellent value for money. That is not to say that […]

Bird boxes.. ..and woodwork classes

A veritable stack of hand tools

All my woodworkers will know the ‘bird box’ project, as it’s been my standard ‘workshop familiarisation programme’ for very many years. For class beginners it involves many of the tools and processes which will be relied on in later individual projects. And for the birds, it’s a welcome new home! A veritable stack of hand tools from try square, marking gauge and knife, tenon and coping saw, to block and jack planes are used along the way, as well as some vital machines; pillar drill, band saw, disc sander and biscuit jointer. Learning to use all these properly and accurately […]

35 years of woodwork classes

We are currently freshening up our website (like one does rather sporadically), and in describing our current classes were surprised to find that the woodwork one began 35 years ago! Not only that, but one member of the ‘class of ’82’ then held at Ringmer School, has been a continual attender ever since! Des, my good friend and fellow woodwork collaborator, has been coming ever since then, which if my maths is correct, amounts to over 1800 hours of class time, plus the homework of course! Hasn’t he learnt enough to do it on his own yet, you may well […]

Love is all you need

Here at UFC HQ we don’t care much for the normal cheesy advertising stuff associated with seasonal retails events, increasingly stretching as they do from one to the next. You know the sort of thing.. Halloween, Guy Fawkes then Christmas, followed by January Sales, with an inevitable early sighting of the first creme egg. But after those critical words, we’re just going to hop onto the proverbial bandwagon to mention the next notable sales opportunity, Valentines Day! Forward thinking people will obviously already have this entirely sorted.. all planned, bought and gift wrapped. But what about the blokes? No worries, […]

An act of Remembrance

One of the most iconic art installations in recent years, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, displayed in 2014, had a profound effect on all those who saw it. People travelled from far and wide to experience the work of Paul Cummins (with setting by stage designer Tom Piper) in the moat at the Tower of London.  888,246 ceramic poppies were displayed, each one intended to represent a British or Colonial serviceman killed in World War One. The poppies were sold in aid of charity after the event. The individual poppies were originally sold for £25 each, and it […]

Framing 007 for charity…

At Uckfield Framing Company, we’re always happy to help out charitable organisations, and have framed a number of items over the years for good causes. Recently, we were approached by the Chailey Heritage Foundation to frame a signed print in time for their charity ball. Naturally we agreed! The print in question was a print of a watercolour by Jeremy Houghton entitled ‘Bond in the Highlands’, it depicts the iconic Aston Martin DB5, belonging to James Bond, amongst the impressive landscape of the Scottish Highlands (a scene from ‘Skyfall’). This particular edition was not only signed by the artist, but […]

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