Welcome

... to the Leaf Trading Post, where you'll find our handmade quality crafts as well as natural and prehistoric raw materials. Our inspiration comes from the natural world, and working with plants, animals and minerals. Whether it's finding resources for your own craft projects, finding something that we've made here, or finding information that helps you learn more, we hope you enjoy visiting the site.

News! we now have a facebook site, at last! So you can now keep up to date with us that way.

 

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  • We make these wind and percussion instruments here in our workshop.

            Our bone flutes are based on museum examples of medieval instruments, and we have a free article about them which gives good background information (the links are on each of the flute pages). 

          

    very inspired by early cave art and naturally occurring pigments. The colours are rich and soft, light-fast, and are soluble in many different mediums such as water, oil, paint, glue, hide glue, plaster and wax.

            We've put together a Cave Art Kit that has four of these colours and charcoal for drawing - this is a good way to try out these pigments.

            Or, our Earth Pigment Pack has jars of four pigments (red, black, white, yellow) which are used by many people in Aboriginal art, medecine wheel work, and more.


                   The trick to knowing what to mix the pigments with, is to thing about what substance might usually be used, and to use this substance as a binder. So, for painting onto wood, you can mix the pigment with dilute wood glue; for painting onto rawhide, you can mix the pigment with hide glue, etc.

    Here we have some beautiful reproductions of prehistoric pots, made for us by an experienced potter who bases these on museum examples. We currently have Bronze Age beakers, Iron Age black burnished ware and Glastonbury ware.

     

    Beeswax is a wonderful and versatile material produced by honeybees. It is more concentrated than honey, is buttery yellow in colour and has a rich and delightful aroma. Our love of beeswax comes from times spent keeping bees.

            We make these products here in our workshop using the finest English beeswax.

    Returning at last, our Ocean Collection.....

     

     

    Here's where we have some of our silver and bronze pieces that are cast replicas of original Celtic coins and original Neolithic arrowheads.

     

    Here's where we have our various pieces in silver and bronze, all with an animal theme. 

    More lovely things will be added in the coming days as we update the website! 

     

    Antler is a versatile material and has been used throughout history for flint knapping, tools and hand-crafted items. We have a variety of cut sections of antler, as well as whole antlers, and can source other pieces on request.