About Us

It's no wonder that our workshop is a place where people visit, come for a brew, chat and to turn their ideas into a reality. We have a never ending supply of biscuits and the kettle is always on. Come and discuss your ideas with us, you will be met with a smile!


After escaping office life and hitting 40, I realised that I had waited long enough to pursue my dream....   


Finding this incredible workshop was the perfect place to unleash my pent up creative mind.  I had studied a degree in Fine Art and Integrated Media, specialising in sculpture and installation at Blackburn College, and following that a Master's degree in Professional Contemporary Arts Practice at Lancaster University.   I soon realised that making stuff can't be a weekend hobby for me, I live and breath the mechanics of designing and creating something from scratch and especially thrive on making something beautiful from something discarded (other people's rubbish).  


Occasionally (very occasionally) I need to buy new wood, I love wood, but somehow new wood, doesn't have the same connection, vibrancy or depth.  Making things is what I do, it's who I am!


No workshop is complete without a supervisor, but Dill is the best by far, she greets people, visits all the other people in the other workshops on a daily basis, even calls in to make sure the people who live in the canal boats are ok.


This is no ordinary dog, she's just ace!


Often found at the back of the workshop, head down working away, Shaun is the perfect partner to Annie's artistic flair.  His engineering background makes sure that not only does the furniture we create have heart and soul, it also is strong and incredibly well built.

Loving the back to basics world of chisels and hand planes is now where you find Shaun happy as a pig in muck, after years of running his own businesses in the ever changing world of IT.  You now couldn't find a more peaceful man if you tried!

Resident Artists



Painting beautiful traditional canal wares, Sally-Ann has quite a unique style that has certainly given a splash of colour to the otherwise beige and brown woody spectrum of colour that usually adorns the Soul Furniture workshop.


Sally's urns, jugs and plates could sit quite happily in a canal boat or barge just as easily as they would brighten up any kitchen in any home.  Multi-talented Sally-Ann also has a host of art films and prints.  Have a look at her website to find out more Sally-Ann Winder.