simple handmade furniture & natural soy wax candles ↟

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Here at OM&M HQ we make simple handmade furniture and hand poured vegan friendly soy wax candles.

We use only sustainable & ethically sourced materials in all of our handmade items.


Last updated on 26 Sep, 2022


Here at OM&M HQ we make simple handmade furniture and hand poured vegan friendly soy wax candles.

We use only sustainable & ethically sourced materials in all of our handmade items.


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Garry Thomas

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About OldManAndMagpie

Sales 2,235
On Etsy since 2014

simple handmade reclaimed wood furniture & hand-poured natural soy wax candles↟

Old Man & Magpie was born at the same time as my first child.

I was a freelance sound engineer - working various venues in & around Manchester - but the late & long nights were not quite fitting in with my new parental responsibilities and I was looking for a slower, calmer life for my new family.

When my partner restarted her career I decided to quit mine and concentrate my time & energy on raising our daughter the best that I could.

After 6 months of frugality we knew that I would need to come up with a way of making a little extra money to pay for the simple things that we enjoyed & needed - as well as something to keep my hands & mind busy during the (few) hours that I had to myself.

I had spent a short time as a joiner in my early teenage years and so I decided to utilise those basic skills, as well as the empty and very small (8ft x 8ft) workshop space that was attached to our new home.

I went about creating some simple pieces of wooden furniture using a few timbers that I salvaged from a local demolition site; a toy box for my daughter (Magpie), a bookcase and a small TV Table for our home and some basic shelving for a neighbour.

I received some positive feedback from visitors and more people became interested in what I was doing.

I took that positivity and decided to build a couple 'one-off' pieces and to open an Etsy store as a way of reaching a wider audience and hopefully selling those patiently crafted items.

I only use ethically & sustainably sourced timbers in all of my work.

After nearly 7 years we now have a thriving furniture making business as well as a candle making studio.

The team of one has grown to a team of four.

Even though the business has grown we still treat every job like it was our first and pour our hearts in to every creation no matter how big or small.

Garry, Jemma and Magpie | OM&M ↟

Shop members

  • Garry Thomas

    Owner, Furniture Maker

    Garry is the owner, creator, maker, designer, secretary, logistics manager, accountant and caretaker here at OM&M HQ. He thinks he has it tough but he really loves every minute of it ↟

  • Jemma Taylor

    Candle Maker

    Jemma is the mother of Magpie and creator of our hand poured natural soy wax candles. She also runs our weekly Makers Market ↟

  • John Cheetham


    John is a time served carpenter of 40 years. He is chief maker and 'foreman' of the workshop. He is a skilled craftsman and a great teacher. No job is too big or small for John and I'm lucky to have him in the 'shop on a full time basis ↟

  • Ian Lane


    A woodwork enthusiast for the past 30 years. Ian is in charge of workshop maintenance as well as making and creating new designs. Another skilled all rounder with patience and enthusiasm ↟

  • Gideon Marriot


    Gideon is a green woodworking hobbyist but new to the world of furniture making. He initially came in as a helping hand to John & Ian but after a few weeks proved to be much more capable and now has his own bench here in the 'shop.

Shop policies

Last updated on 29 April, 2022

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

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Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


Payments can be made by bank transfer, PayPal or directly through Etsy.

Please ask for any alternative methods.


All completion dates given are ESTIMATES ONLY.

Multiple pieces ordered simultaneously will require more time to build.

We are a very small team here in the workshop so illness or family emergencies can hinder our progress significantly. We ask for patience in there event of any short delay.

I'll always inform you of any delay but please understand that delays of up to a couple of weeks can, and sometimes do, happen.

Most of my pieces come with free shipping.

This is based on items going along my usual delivery route between Manchester and London.

Addresses that deviate too far from this route will incur a delivery surcharge to be discussed on order.

I do my best to personally deliver all of my furniture so as I can ensure the best care is taken with each & every piece.

If I'm unable to deliver your item all larger pieces will shipped via a trusted private courier who will blanket wrap & secure your item - this courier travels once every two weeks so this may cause a slight delay to your delivery.

Smaller items; such as window boxes, shelving and some smaller tables are shipped via TNT on a 'next day' service.

I welcome collections from my small workshop in Atherton, Lancashire.

Additional policies and FAQs

I only use sustainably harvested European redwood in my pieces.

This is real wood and will act as real wood does - it will move over time, small cracks can appear, it will have knots, dents and other 'blemishes' and there may be inconsistent colour patterns within the timbers.

The timber can and will dry out if not maintained regularly with a recommended cleaner - I suggest OSMO SPRAY CLEANER or FIDDES SPRAY CLEANER a couple times a week. Simply spray and wipe!

Again, this is real wood.

All of my tables now come with a traditional breadboard end which helps keep the table flat and straight - this breadboard is designed to let the table shrink and swell with the seasons. The breadboard will remain to length and sometimes protrude from the table.

I recommend turning down the heating of any room the piece will live so as the timber can acclimatise to the new environment.

The heating should then be turned up slowly for the first 10 days.

Failure to prepare the room in this way may lead to warping, bowing or cracks in the timber ant a faster rate.

There may be differences in colour from piece to piece and from the examples shown.

This is impossible to avoid due to the nature of the materials used.

For example; an item ordered in March may be different in colour to a piece ordered in October.

I do welcome visitors to my workshop for limited periods of the year - so if you'd like to discuss a commission in person please get in touch.

More information

Last updated on 10 May, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Care instructions


Your reclaimed wood is finished with a high grade & eco friendly hard wax-oil making it extremely tough.

This wax-oil takes 12 hours to dry but a couple weeks to fully 'cure' - extra care should be taken within this two week period.

For daily maintenance wipe with a damp lint-free cotton cloth.

For optimal results surfaces should be treated with OSMO SPRAY CLEANER.

If you have any questions about the continued care of your items, please don't hesitate to get in touch : hello@oldmanandmagpie.com

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