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Catch up with the latest designs, events and musings from the world of Timberkits.

Customising your Timberkit - 28.7.17

We have been working on a series of “Customising your Timberkit” videos over the coming months starting with Harold the Drummer from Cartoon Violence. If anyone out there wants someone special immortalising as an automaton, please get in touch. See Facebook for updates, there is a whole band to complete...

Student project - 30.5.17

Timberkits entered into a collaboration with students from the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management at Strathclyde University. Their brief was to study the movement of feet in motion and to express that in a functioning mechanism. Their approach was very methodical and thorough with lots of practical and theoretical experimentation and the resulting model was fantastic. This lovely team of young people were presented with an award for the graphic presentation of their project which laid out their thought processes and practical techniques so clearly. A big congratulations to Sarah Glenny, Michael McPhillimy, Daniel Melville and Joanna Reid, it was a great pleasure to work with you.

Please see our Facebook page for more pictures.

Shaun the Sheep week - 22.5.17

This week is dedicated to the lovely Shaun the Sheep and his Mossy Bottom Farm friends. Our social media pages will be full of videoes, blogs, reviews and competitions so please join in. To promote and celebrate our new Shaun products we are having a special offer for just this week - 20% off all Shaun the Sheep kits.

Xylophone Player - 12.5.17

A timber tune from this toe tapping talent! Full stock now available. Thanks to Gary Clapperton (2016 Timberkit Design Competition Winner) for this design. He really is fantastic.

Welcome Nicky - 26.4.17

I would like to introduce you to our newest member of staff - this is the lovely Nicky. She is proving to be a dab hand at model making and is already doing much of the dispatch so that Luise can concentrate on other specialist tasks. Nicky is a perfect addition to the team, she shares our humour, a love of Prossecco and is pretty handy when it comes to unloading lorries too. Here she is helping some of our younger team members to build some Shaun the Sheep models....actually, they had it pretty much sussed, I think she felt a bit redundant....

Spring update - 26.4.17

We have been ever so busy lately preparing samples for all sorts of new designs and projects, I haven't had time to update the news here. We are especially excited about the new Medieval Mayhem (castle scene) and Ocean Motion (underwater scene) to grow the range of moving postcards along with the all favourite London Cityscape already selling incredibly well. The two new ones are now in production and will be with us in July. We took London Cityscape for a trip to its place of origin seen here matching up the iconic Big Ben silhouettes. Every city needs a Timberkits Cityscape, the perfect souvenir.

Competion winners - 3.3.17

Here is Gary Clapperton's very dramatic Mechanical Bull. This is a bold and ambitious model. I wonder whether he has had first hand experience of this activity......

Gary is the design inspiration behind our Xylophone Player which will soon be making its appearance on our shelves.

Please see our Facebook page for videos.

Competition winners - 3.3.17

We have 2 competition winners this year, John Haward and Gary Clapperton. We couldn't decide between them. David Twydell was the runner up with a total of three submissions which were all pretty cunning in their own way too.

This is John's paddleboarder which is a gentle rather contemplative model, I can imagine him slowly floating around a calm bay at sunset rather than surfing on wild waves. John was the design inspiration behind our Unicyclist and has contributed several other designs over the years. It works very smoothly so whilst not expansive in its movement it is well thought out.

Strathclyde University engineering students - 15.2.17

Timberkits has embarked on an exciting new design collaboration with some engineering students from Strathclyde University. They will be exploring the idea of moving feet in dance and sport and how to express that as a mechanical model. As a creative warm up they came down to our workshop in Wales and did an intensive 11our challenge - they had to build a One Cam Band off a simple crank handle, shaft and cam mounted in a frame. They weren't allowed to do any formal planning or CAD, it all had to be hands on with materials. It was great fun and although the final result had a few extra cams, it was a percussion extravaganza that Heath Robinson would have been very proud of and did in fact make an almighty racket. The students were magnificent and got into the swing of it without hesitation. The object of the exercise was to demonstrate how a bit of messy experimentation is a necessary part to discovery and that formal calculations and structuring must follow rather than be a starting point. That's how we do it at Timberkits anyway or is that just me justifying being messy maybe.....?

New Year news - 27.1.17

I love the way people say "Things will calm down for you after Christmas, won't they?" As if!! We are now into preparation for our annual trade fair, dusting off the displays and making sure we have enough functioning biros. We are also preparing our next Shaun the Sheep kits for production seen here connected together but they will be sold as singles. More ideas in the pipeline....

I will be off to China in a few weeks to see our manufacturers and sample some more delicious Chinese food. This is always fascinating. We have a 15 year old relationship with one factory so they are lovely old friends and the other more recently acquired factory are growing in confidence and teaching us new approaches.

This year we will be bringing out more Timberscenes like the London Cityscape. There will be a Castle Scene and a Sea Life scene and then we will be working on a Dinosaur theme. Keep an eye on our social media for more regular detail and requests for feedback on emerging ideas.

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