About us

Leaf Trading Post is myself, Helen Leaf. I've been self employed under this banner for some time now, and the business has evolved and developed during this time. 

I make beautiful things using antler, bone, silver, bronze and wood and my inspiration comes from nature and prehistory.

My background is varied - many people know me through my work with bone flutes, but I am or have also been: a gardener, beekeeper, wood turner, musical instrument maker, teacher, musician, doctor of archaeology and writer. I draw on all of these life experiences in what I do today.
My current work draws on many of these things. I will always be inspired by nature and by being outdoors. I enjoy inspiring others through making beautiful or special things, and I combine wood, antler, gold leaf, silver and bronze.
Prehistory inspires me, and I enjoy encouraging others to use and understand the materials and imagery of that time. I have supplied local, national and international museums with objects for their displays, their handling collections and for their gift shops. 
You can find me at various shows throughout the year - you'll find a list of upcoming shows on the 'events and shows' page. You can also buy some of my products from: The British Museum, Canterbury Cathedral gift shop, The Peak District National Park Visitor Centres, Jorvik Visitor Centre in York, The Goddess and the Green Man in Glastonbury and Creswell Crags in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire.
If you'd like to see my more creative work, you can visit my other website, www.helenleafdesigns.com. You can contact me via either site. I'm shifting more of my focus to the HelenLeafDesigns site, and will keep Leaf Trading Post as a point of contact for wholesale supply and as an online shop. The shows I'll be at in 2018 will reflect this shift towards more high quality craft and design events.
I have a facebook page now, so you can follow me there to keep in touch with what I'm doing and making. Bear with me - I'm still getting used to how facebook works, but I'll get there. 
You can also download what I've written about medieval bone flutes and the txalaparta from academia.edu. My doctoral thesis about English medieval bone flutes is available to download as a pdf from UCL Discovery  http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1444309/
Thanks for taking the time to read. Contact me if you've any questions!