Author Archives: Robin Rendall

Bespoke bird tables, memorial bench and other carvings by Rob Rendall

These bespoke luxury bird tables are not just bird tables, but a superb centre piece for any garden. The prices of the bird tables vary depending on how long they take to make and how big they are. Below each picture is guide price, but bird tables can be made to suit any budget.

This first bespoke bird table was made to order using reclaimed and left over timber. The timbers were lightly burnt to bring out the grain and give it an interesting and unusual appearance. The shingles on the roof were attached individually to give a realistic and authentic look.

£600

£600

£600

Victorian style bird table with clear varnish.

This next bird table was made with the above design in mind and altered slightly to suit the client’s requirements. It was burnt to bring out the grain and varnished with clear matt varnish in order to keep the natural colour of the wood.

£600

£600

£600

Oriental bird table and nesting box.

This unique bespoke bird table has a nesting box incorporated into the roof and finished with a clear varnish. It was built with an oriental theme in mind.

£750

£750

£750

This next one had two nesting boxes in the roof and was also finished with three coats of clear yacht varnish in a satin finish.

£750

£750

£750

£750

Tudor house bird table.

This next bird table was made to order for Blakesley Hall Museum in Birmingham. It stands proudly in their public gardens.

£800

£800

£800

£800

Unique and unusual bird table.

This next table was the most unusual one I have made to date. I was given complete artistic freedom. I was simply asked to build something unusual.

£750

£750

£750

Oriental bird table with central post.

This next one was made as a birthday present for a lady in London. It is a version of the oriental bird table but without the nesting box. It also has a channel that runs up through the middle of the central post so that a cable could be run through it for a small camera to be mounted under the roof.

£750

£750

Hanging bird table.

The one was a Christmas present bought by a lady for her husband. It hangs from the branch of a tree in the back garden.

£350

Hanging bird table

£350

Cropped hip, double floor bird table.

The bird table below was made for a client in London. It had a two story design with open-cropped hip-roof detail. It was finished with Sadolin classic natural wood stain for a slightly darker, but natural colour, and had hooks inside the roof space and on each corner for feeders and fat balls.

Bespoke bird table

£700

£700

Bespoke bird tables can be made to any design, size and budget and are made to order.

Bespoke wedding wishing well by Rob Rendall

I specialise in creating unique and bespoke items such as this Wishing Well which was made for a summer wedding. The wishing well was a complete and secure way to collect cards and money gifts for the bride and groom and looked stunning with the attached orchid lights.

wedding wishing well
wishing well for cards

The structure, including the bricks, were made entirely of wood, painted with chalk paint and varnished with a matt finish to seal the paint. It was then decorated with orchid lights for a stunning effect for the evening reception. The winding handle worked to raise and lower the bucket for easy access to the card slot where the cards were stored until accessed through the bottom.

These beautiful chainsaw carvings and wooden sculptures are also part of my creative collection and can be made for both indoors and outdoors. The natural look of these wooden sculptures make them a perfect focal point for any garden or living room.

The hard wood mushroom below was carved roughly with a chainsaw and finished off with a sanding disk on an angle grinder and finished with three coats of yacht varnish for a durable and beautiful finish.

This set of short fat mushrooms were commissioned for a Christmas present to go in a landscaped back garden. Like the tall mushroom above, it has been finished with 3 coats of yacht varnish. Yacht varnish provides a vibrant lustre with hard durable finish and the true beauty of the grain is brought out.

This next set of tall mushrooms was another commission for an outside area. These three mushrooms attached to a weathered piece of timber were coated with hard wood furniture oil giving a matt finish which provides a natural, soft look and feel. The oil penetrates the timber, replacing natural oils keeping it supple.

This next short mushroom was carved from Cedar and scorched to bring out the grain. It was a commission for a patio in someone’s back garden.

Pheasant carved from Silver Birch.

This Pheasant was carved from a single piece of Silver Birch wood. It was carved as a commission for a wedding present. It was mounted on a Maple base and was finished with three coats of satin varnish. It stands approximately 1 meter high.

Refurbished rocking chair by Rob Rendall

Like the oak benches these rocking chairs have a cast iron frame and oak slats and were a pleasure to clean up and repair.

This bespoke wine rack made from reclaimed pallet timber was created to fit in to a specific size area in a kitchen. It holds 45 bottles in total. The timber was gently sanded and scorched to bring out the grain and darken the colour, then two coats of clear wax were applied for a quality finish.

Yes. Copper trees. When working in Nelson, New Zealand, I had the opportunity to do some refurbishment work on a one off luxury house. One of my projects was to cover the main supporting columns at each corner of the property in copper. These columns were made from tree trunks that were excavated from a nearby lake. Over a ten year period these had split through the centre and were letting water into the property. The chosen solution was to cover the tree trunks with thick copper foil to make the property watertight and provide an aesthetically pleasing finish. The copper foil was pressed into every crease and bump, edges folded to make watertight and stuck to the trunk with a mastic type adhesive. I manufactured copper flashings to join the foil into the window frames and the roof, providing a completely sealed structure. The entire roof, all down pipes and flashings are copper.

This is a particularly interesting project for me. Many old cars, including this Morris A1, traditionally have ash frames supporting the bodywork. I had to re-create this from a partially rotten and dismantled  car. Each part of the frame is cut from a single piece of ash. Ash is the preferred timber used for these types of frames because of its strength and flexibility. Also it tends not to bleed any tannin, sap or acid, which doesn’t damage any metal, rubber of fabric attached to the frame. The metal bodywork is attached to the timber frame with nail, which in turn are painted.

This is the front end framework, housing the speedo and other dials.

No part of the framework is square or straight, including the doors illustrated below.

This is an ongoing project. I will keep this post updated as it progresses.

Scaffold table

These coffee tables were made out of reclaimed timber with a clear wax finish. The first is made from fence posts and scaffold boards and the second from sun bleached pallets.

Scaffold table

Pallet Table

I built this multi-level decking when living and working in New Zealand. Ideal for getting maximum use from small areas of ground that might otherwise not be used.  The decking is supported by a timber framework and treated with clear decking oil.

These lovely old cast iron benches were cleaned up thoroughly and painted with black hammerite for an attractive durable finish. All the old rotten slats were removed and new oak slats machined. The slats were bevelled on the upper corners and sanded to give a soft finish. The slats were given four coats of exterior finishing oil, bringing out the beauty of the oak and leaving a durable finish.

Bespoke oak pergola by Rob Rendall

This bespoke, wheelchair accessible Oak pergola, built in a Christchurch garden is a focus point and provides a very functional area. The pergola was constructed using timber sources by the client. The design was also provided by the client. All joints within the structure are dowelled mortis and tenon joints or halving joints. I cut all joints and all members before erecting the structure. The oak dowels were made, the uprights concreted into the ground and the rest of the timbers secured. Decking ramps were then constructed to provide wheelchair access.

Chunky Oak Pergola

How it’s been done

OAK PERGOLA

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