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.

 

Main news:
The website will be changing in the next few months. It will no longer be an online shop, but more a point of contact for wholesale orders, courses and information. It will be a much simpler site and you're still welcome to make contact. My main work will change over to the www.helenleafdesigns.com website. 

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  • We make these instruments here in our workshop.

            Our bone flutes are based on museum examples of medieval instruments. We have a free article about them which gives good background information (published in the Galpin Society Journal). Helen Leaf's PhD thesis about Medieval bone flutes is also available as a free download.

          

    We're very inspired by 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 think 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.

     

    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.