About the Workshop

The Little Brown Dog Workshop sources and commissions the most beautiful solid wooden shapes for crafters, artists and toymakers.  Our items are natural and tactile - just perfect for your own beautiful projects. We love natural materials and finding gorgeous, high quality shapes with a traceable, ethical supply chain is as important to us as it is to you, but we source from a number of suppliers who bring in figures and shapes from all over the world. We're updating listings with place of origin and materials - please just contact us if you have any questions.

You can find lots of lovely things in the shop and join in with what's going on in the workshop via Instagram and Facebook. Soon there will be lots of lovely project ideas and artist features on the blog and you can also get an exclusive look behind the scenes with the newsletter.

I've got a few secret plans in the pipeline for some gorgeous, exclusive new shapes and even some shapes in exciting new materials.  I'm ridiculously excited about it and I'd love you to keep in touch to be first to hear the news!

It all happens from our little workshop, perched on the edge of a steep, wooded valley in the Staffordshire Moorlands, near the Peak District.

We have an old home - chaotic, mid-renovation and embarrasingly eccentric. We don't have plaster on many walls yet and the vegetable garden is more organised than the house.  In spite of our rescue greyhound, wild rabbits doze on the lawn amongst the dasies.

We are surrounded by trees and nature and there's a lot of wildlife. The garden is full of birds, from the tiniest goldcrests to wheeling buzzards and tawny owls. Something's digging up the bark near the shed at night and there are newts and dragonflies in the pond.  I am inspired by nature and the inability to lose a child-like hope that communities of tiny magical creatures might exist in the undergrowth, 

The studio has stacks of books, jars of ribbons, pots jammed with paintbrushes, boxes full of paints, papers and tins stuffed with little treasures.  There are wood parts everywhere. I paint, draw and make in the middle of it while the dog lounges about on his ridiciulously large bed.  Until recently I spent much of the year painting custom wedding commissions and family portraits. It's been an honour to be involved in so many special days but things have changed a wee bit recently and there are some new adventures to go on including more one-off studio pieces and exciting developments in whats available in the store! 

Come and say hi and join in the journey at the Little Brown Dog blog, Facebook and Instagram!

x Susan