Used horseshoes from racing yards of Newmarket get loving new use with Anvil Cottage Crafts
Nestled on the bank of the River Ouse in the Cambridgeshire Fens, Anvil Cottage Crafts design and hand-forge gifts, homewares and accessories from horseshoes and other recycled metals. The company’s proximity to Newmarket, the hub of flat racing in the UK, has allowed them to source a plentiful supply of used horseshoes to work with, which makes Anvil Cottage Crafts a treasure-trove of gift ideas for horse lovers and countryside enthusiasts.
Founded by Stuart Palmer who learnt the craft of welding, forging and metal working at the young age of 16 during his training as a traditional agricultural engineer, Anvil Cottage Crafts now employs a young apprentice who is learning about the whole range of blacksmithing skills, techniques and materials from Stuart and in learning this fine craft he will help the business grow.
Anvil Cottage Crafts has a range of original designs to choose from in their online shop, but Stuart also enjoys working with customers and collaborating with other craftspeople and tradesmen to bring their ideas to life. Here are some of the highlights from their existing product range, all available to view online:
Entertaining can be thirsty work for busy super-hosts, so make sure you have somewhere to line up your favourite bottles (or personal favourites) with this attractive wine rack. Crafted from new horseshoes that have been carefully forged together, buffed and lacquered to ensure a smooth and perfect finish.
Busy family life can easily turn into chaos, and the first thing to go is often tidiness! Who else loves the chance to take stock and reorganise in the New Year? Some extra hooks to store coats, scarves, leads and bags will never go amiss, and the Horseshoe Hooks from Anvil Cottage Crafts are welded strongly together by expert craftsmen to ensure they are robust and will stand the test of time in your home.
Winter in the UK means rain, sometimes quite a bit of it, and rain invariably leads to mud. Make sure mud, grit and leaves are left outside with this all-in-one-doormat and boot scraper which features a bold horseshoe pattern formed from new horseshoes which have been buffed and coated in silver rust resistant paint.
The perfect wedding or anniversary gift for the horse lover who has everything, this is a linked pair of horseshoe hearts presented in a frame and finished with a personalised, engraved plaque. For an extra special gift, the linked horseshoes can be crafted from your very own horse’s used shoes.
Anvil Cottage Crafts is the perfect place to find the next gift for a friend or loved one, or to help you realise your dreams, however mad you might think they are! Just drop them a line with your ideas and the team will help you create a unique masterpiece.