OLD MAN & MAGPIE HANDMADE FURNITURE CO
Old Man & Magpie is a small family run business consisting of Garry, Jemma and their 4 year old daughter Magpie.
They hand-make beautifully simple reclaimed wood furniture and wonderfully fragranced natural soy wax candles from a characterful old mill on the banks of the Leeds / Liverpool canal right in the heart of Lancashire.
THEY SELL ONLINE, INSTORE AND AT THEIR WEEKLY POP-UP EVENTS AROUND THE NORTH WEST OF ENGLAND
Old Man & Magpie was born at the same time as our first child.
I (Garry) was a freelance sound engineer, working various venues in and around Manchester. The late and 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 Jemma re started her career as a clothing designer I decided to quit mine and focus on raising our daughter.
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 and needed - as well as something to keep my hands and mind busy during the (few) hours that I had to myself.
I had spent a short time as a joiner in my 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.
Things went well for a good number of months and I eventually moved out of the garden workspace and into a slightly bigger workshop that I rented from friends.
In 2018 I moved out of that double garage workspace and into a magnificent 3000ft dedicated workshop space by the Leeds / Liverpool canal in Leigh, Lancashire. This as well as a couple other factors have allowed my partner, Jemma, to leave her design job and join me on a full-time basis.
During Jemma's time with the business she has established our additional product range - small batch, hand poured natural soy wax candles. This beautifully curated range has enhanced our business and our brand and we are excited for what the future has in store for Old Man & Magpie.
OLD MAN & MAGPIE HAND POURED CANDLE CO
I'm Jemma, mother of Magpie and the all round creative force behind the business.
In 2017 I started the offshoot to our business - Old Man & Magpie Candle Co. I make all of our small batch and lovingly hand-poured natural soy wax candles. In 2018 I left my design job and now work full time at OM&M HQ.
You can find me at all of our weekly makers markets around the north west of England.
Our simple handmade furniture contains ethically sourced timbers that we salvage from local building demolitions, as well as recycled scaffolding planks.
We hand-pick the materials with the most interesting characteristics to use within your bespoke furniture.
Each order is built exclusively by us - from cutting, cleaning, sanding and finishing, to inserting every screw and bolt.
Your item will then spend its final week up on our finishing bench where it will get at least two coats of high grade & eco friendly hard wax oil.
We use only 100% pure and natural soy wax and phthalate free essential and fragrance oils, cotton wicks and the most stunning 180ml apothecary style and recyclable amber glass jars.
All of our candles give of their beautiful scent from start to finish and are guaranteed to trigger all kinds of powerful and magical memories.
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