Cawdaw

Stylish design for the discerning palate

Llanfairfechan, United Kingdom | 0 Sales

Cawdaw

Stylish design for the discerning palate

Llanfairfechan, United Kingdom 0 Sales On Etsy since 2018

Announcement   An eclectic selection of finely crafted British home and lifestyle products created by Cawdaw.

We are keen to make our products and workflow as eco-friendly and as sustainable as possible. With this in mind, we are striving towards:

* Using natural, biodegradable materials
* Minimising the human and ecological costs of our work
* Bringing high quality craftsmanship to our products
* Creating antiques of the future
* Producing designs that are individual, classic, and unique

Perhaps this approach is best summed up by both “Primum non nocere”(“first do no harm”) and William Morris’ exhortation to "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

You can also find more sculptural work from Louise Hibbert, one of Cawdaw's designer makers, in her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LouiseHibbert.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 19, 2018

An eclectic selection of finely crafted British home and lifestyle products created by Cawdaw.

We are keen to make our products and workflow as eco-friendly and as sustainable as possible. With this in mind, we are striving towards:

* Using natural, biodegradable materials
* Minimising the human and ecological costs of our work
* Bringing high quality craftsmanship to our products
* Creating antiques of the future
* Producing designs that are individual, classic, and unique

Perhaps this approach is best summed up by both “Primum non nocere”(“first do no harm”) and William Morris’ exhortation to "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

You can also find more sculptural work from Louise Hibbert, one of Cawdaw's designer makers, in her Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LouiseHibbert.

Cawdaw

Contact shop owner

Cawdaw

About

An eclectic selection of finely crafted British home and lifestyle products created by Cawdaw

Cawdaw is a collaboration between two designer makers with a passionate interest in good design and sustainability. We like using vintage materials and machinery, and traditional techniques where we can. Both our sewing machine and lathe are over 50 years old and still going strong.

We live in a part of the British Isles renowned for its megaliths, mountains, and mythology, castles, coastline, and crags. Our workshop overlooks the magnificent Menai Straits, so it’s not surprising that our designs are inspired by the natural world we see around us. We even named our brand, Cawdaw, after the resident clattering of jackdaws.

We take the maxim “primum non nocere” (“first do no harm”) and add it to William Morris’ exhortation to “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” to guide us as we work with the aim of achieving sustainable form and function. This approach is not without its challenges. Sourcing materials and developing production methods that do not harm the environment nor exploit other people is not straightforward. At the moment, it is virtually impossible to determine the provenance and ecological and human impact of many of the raw materials we’re using. But we’re trying. Each step we take is a step forward in our goal to make our products as ethical and as sustainable as possible.

We aim to avoid plastics and non-biodegradable materials and to source materials that are unused vintage, ethically produced (organic or fair trade), or traditionally manufactured in the British Isles. We also aim to reduce over-consumption by producing the antiques of the future – items that are loved either until they naturally fall apart or are passed on to the next generation.

Around the web

Shop members

  • Louise Hibbert

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Louise is a well-known and respected wood-turner, who has won numerous prizes and accolades for her work. She has a degree in 3D Design from the University of Brighton and has been a professional maker since 1994.

  • Sharon Perry

    Owner, Designer, Business Manager

    Sharon is involved in the design and making of our products. She is also Cawdaw’s resident wordsmith, so you will no doubt find the odd literary embellishment that she’s managed to sneak into the designs.

  • Osar

    Sleeping Partner

    Osar takes a keen interest in the brand by chattering at the jackdaws outside the window. Although he’s not involved in making or designing, he does have the important job of reminding us when it’s time to take a tickle break.

Shop policies