LED desk lamps/night lights

We’ve have been dying to make something with lights ever since we made these these paper table runners with tea lights for my niece’s wedding.

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This time we wanted to go a bit more high tech and use ELECTRICITY – gasp! We decided to make a lamp that uses LED lights to light up a flat piece of engraved acrylic – it’s a simple idea that’s been around for a while.

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Our lamps basically consist of a wooden base with a strip of LED lights embedded into it. The LED lights plug into a power adaptor (which is supplied with the lamp). The flat piece of engraved acrylic simply slides into a slot on the top of the wooden base and the magic happens. We engraved a simple “bulb” design onto the acrylic. Because the acrylic piece is removable, it can easily be replaced with a different design (we have plans for those too!)

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The beauty of LED lights is that they don’t use much electricity and they don’t get hot which means you can leave the light on overnight – perfect for use as a kid’s night light although they look beautiful in any room. You can order yours here.


Laser engraved cork invitations

Last year we were asked to engrave some wedding invitations on cork. We have never worked with cork before and were not sure if we could do it. We tried a test engraving on thin cork floor tiles and it was a black sooty disaster. (Don’t believe everything you see on Pinterest!). Luckily the bride sourced suitable cork but it was very thin and we had to glue 2 layers of it together.

After a bit of  trial and error we manage to produce these wedding invitations. We were pretty pleased with how they turned out.

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Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice

We are always on the lookout for innovative things to make so we are pretty excited about our Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice. There are a few versions of the dice already available so we certainly can’t take credit for inventing them, but we wanted to give them a definite South African twist.

If you are tired of the same old meals, day in and day out and need a fun, easy way of menu planning which will shake up your cooking routine, then it’s time to play with our Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice.

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The Gooi & Enjoy™ Meal Dice is a set of 9 dice designed to inspire creative meals using fresh South African ingredients and South African methods of cooking (think BRAAI). The wooden dice are laser engraved and come in a handy enamel laser engraved mug which is perfect for shaking and storing your Gooi & Enjoy ™ Meal Dice. All instructions are included.

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Each dice is engraved with an ingredient or cooking method.
The set includes 5 basic dice engraved with
1) cooking method
2) protein
3) carb
4) herb
5) a bonus ingredient

and 4 seasonal veggie dice (only use the veggie dice for the current season).


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• Roll the 5 basic dice plus 1 veg dice for the current season e.g summer (If you don’t like what you have rolled, then roll again)
• Go shopping/raid your cupboard for the ingredients from your dice roll.
• Create, cook and enjoy!

Remember that you don’t have to follow your roll precisely – use it for inspiration.

Our Gooi & Enjoy ™ Meal Dice are available here



Wooden badges

We were asked by Genio Roasters to make 300 badges for the SCAE World of Coffee Expo in Italy this year. We had to keep it simple as we had only 3 days to produce them.


We laser engraved 12 different designs from 3mm supawood.

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We glued badge pins to the back (ever waited for glue to dry in a Joburg winter?)


And here they are – all packed and ready to go.










Custom wooden tray

Just finished this custom order for a wooden tray. Our customer wanted a specific size which meant we had to design and make it from scratch. The tray is just slightly larger than A4.


 We added some pretty engraving on the sides.


We used supawood throughout and gave it a few coats of sealant.  tray3


Flat Pack Beer Caddy

There are a lot of different beer caddies/beer crates floating around the internet at the moment, and we really wanted to make our own version. We send most of our orders by post/courier (which sometimes limits what we can make) so we had to come up with something that could pack flat, be easy to assemble and not cost a fortune to post.

I spent a good part of the December holidays fiddling with the design and wasted a lot of wood doing test cuts before we were happy. We also wanted to add a bottle opener to the beer caddy (the first ones we tried were crap quite honestly!).

The beer caddy is supplied in pieces which simply slot together. You do not need any glues or screws or nails or a degree in engineering to put it together.


 It has dividers which can be removed if you want to carry something larger than beer bottles. (tomato sauce, mustard, vinegar, oil).






And the cool thing is that it can also be dismantled when you are done and stored flat!

And there you have it – the unique, flat pack beer caddy with an engraving on one end and a bottle opener on the other.



 Oh and by the way, we can customise the beer caddy with your own logo / name / slogan. Email us for details.



Laser engraved wedding invitations.

My niece is getting married later in 2014 and we were thrilled to make her invitations/save the dates for her. She sent us an idea of what she wanted and left the rest up to us.

The invitation consists of 2 parts: a wooden heart which is laser engraved, and a laser cut “cover” printed on 300gsm paper. We custom made a few matching envelopes as some of the invitations were going to be posted.


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We also inlaid a pretty pink perspex heart cutout into the wooden heart.


The wooden hearts are attached to the covers with pretty ribbons.

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We had such fun making these – my niece and her mom were roped in to add the finishing touches. (Yes I am not ashamed to admit that I used FREE LABOUR for finishing these off )


Laser cut wooden clocks

Just finished this project – some small laser cut and engraved wooden desk clocks, engraved with our customer’s name.

First we cut and engraved the clocks from supawood.

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Next we glued the “feet” to the clocks.

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Then we added the movements and hands.

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And here they are all ready for packing.

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Needless to say we also designed, printed and cut the boxes for packaging the clocks – look how great they turned out. Our customer was pretty pleased with the result!

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Matchbook Calendar Coasters 2014

We are so excited about our latest product – a Matchbook Calendar Coaster set for 2014.

Each “matchbook” consists of 12 tear off coasters which are lovingly laser engraved on beer mat board with a different month of the year (2014). Each coaster is perforated at the bottom so tearing out is easy. Your coaster can be used for the month and then thrown away when a new month begins.

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Each matchbook comes with a  printed cover. Currently we have 4 different cover designs: flamingo, moustache, birdies and the Joburg skyline. We have a limited quantity of our standard designs available, so get yours here.

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P.S. If you are a small company looking for the perfect gift for your customers, we would love to customise our Matchbook Calendar Coasters to suit you. Email us for details.




Laser cut wooden badges

A while ago we received a request to make laser cut badges for a wedding. The bride sent us a photo of what she wanted and asked if we were able to make something similar. I love making something new and the badges looked like they would be easy enough to make.

As with all new products, we prefer to do a trial run first so that we can iron out any glitches and get our act together. So, here is a pic of our prototype – needless to say this badge is MINE.

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The badge is made up of 2 layers of wood: the top layer is engraved and cut and the bottom layer is painted and then glued to the top. The badge is then given a few coats of clear sealant and a magnetic brooch pin is fixed to the back. Simple and quick – the longest process was waiting for the coats of sealant to dry.

Not sure why, but this project had me grinning the entire time I was making them. (I am easily amused). Here is the final product.

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