December Closure

The Woodwasp shop and workshop will be closed from Saturday 10th December until Wednesday 21st.

When we  re-open it may still be possible to arrange collection for our local customers, but will be too late to post products in time for Christmas.

Cardiff Christmas Market

We’re making stock and getting ready to attend the CraftFolk market in Cardiff city centre.

2013-11-14-190825 We’ll be there from Tuesday 17th December 2015 until Sunday 21st.  Trading times are 10am to 5.30pm, closing half an hour earlier on Sunday.  We’re not yet sure precisely where we’ll be, but we expect to be in a wooden cabin facing John Lewis, with our back to the Old Library.

We hope to see you there!



Re-opening postponed

Unfortunately we’ve had to postpone our planned re-opening due to a family illness.

We hope to be able to re-open by the end of September. Please revisit, or drop us an email if you’d like to be notified when we’re back in action.

We’re sorry if this has caused any of you any inconvenience.

Back at Landsea Square – 28-31 August

We’re attending another CraftFolk event this weekend in Cardiff Bay.  We’ll be in the area near Weatherspoons, Carluccios etc – look out for the red and white striped tents. The stalls will be open from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

candle arches_pierhead 4At the same time the Harbour Festival is taking place, Cardiff Bay Beach continues at the Oval Basin and on Sunday and Monday we’ll hear the roar of the Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea. Plenty of opportunity for a great day out with lots to see and do.

For more detail, see the CraftFolk website.

Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly, 25-26th July 2015

We’re excited to report that we’ve managed to get a stall at the Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly on the weekend of 25th and 26th July.

This festival has been going for eighteen years and keeps getting bigger.  We last had a stall there a couple of years ago, and it was a spectacular event; stalls and activities, music, food and mock medieval battles taking over the whole town for the weekend.  All this is crowned by the spectacular backdrop of Caerphilly Castle.

Caerphilly Castle candle holderCaerphilly Council think there may be as many as 80,000 people attending over the weekend.  It won’t be a good time try to navigate Caerphilly’s one-way system, but there are free bus shuttles into town and affordable park and ride arrangements.

Once you get to Caerphilly, entrance to the event is free.  We’ll be there in CraftFolk‘s red and white striped tents, we hope to see you.


Engraving boxes for Prestige Pens

As I write this, I’m close to half way through engraving a batch of wooden pen boxes for Bryn Jones of Prestige Pens, based near Caernarfon.

Yew pen by Prestige PensBryn is a wood turner who I met at the Wales Spring Fair in Llandudno. As well as wooden bowls, he makes fabulous wooden pens, turned by hand from a wide variety of native and exotic woods. He sells them at craft events, through shops in North Wales and through his Prestige Pens web site.Engraved pen boxes

Much of the wood he uses has dramatic grain patterns, so every pen is a one-off.

To give his pens the finishing touch, he offers his customers a wooden box to keep them in, engraved with his logo.  He seems to be doing well, judging by the number of boxes he’s using!

Laser engraving is a flexible way to mark wooden boxes like these, with the ability to prepare batches as and when needed, or to do small runs of bespoke designs if required.

Last two fairs for 2014

We’ve got places at two more events before Christmas

Paws4tea posterFourpaws Animal Rescue are holding one of their regular Paws4Tea events on Saturday 13th December from 2-4.30pm.  It’s taking place at Heath Citizen Community Hall off King George V Drive East, Cardiff, CF14 4EP.

These events are always lively, with lots going on; stalls, refreshments, fun, friendly people and dogs.




Cowbridge Christmas Fair flyerThe second event is Cowbridge Christmas Craft Fair and Children’s Fun Day. This takes place on Sunday 14th December from 10am to 4pm at Cowbridge Leisure Centre.

This is a large craft event which is expected to have around 100 stalls. There is also a childrens fun event, which includes a bouncy castle, face painting, pottery painting, sand art, mascots and much more.

… and of course if you can’t make either of these events you’re welcome to get in touch or order online.

Two Cardiff Craft Fairs This Weekend

We’ve got two fairs lined up for the coming weekend.

Poster for Cardiff High Christmas FairThe first takes place at Cardiff High School on Friday evening (5th December), organised by the Parents & Teachers’ Association.

It opens between 6pm and 9pm.  We’ve not been to this one before, but from what we’ve heard they do it in style – there will be over thirty stalls.





Poster for Bethany Baptist Church fair
The following day, Saturday 6th December, we’ll be at Bethany Baptist Church in Rhiwbina. This is the church in Heol Llanishen Fach (we’ve been warned there’s sometimes some confusion).

Their fair is open between 10am and 4pm and coincides with their Christmas Tree Festival.

Roath Market 29th November

Our planned event at Western Leisure Centre was cancelled at the last minute, but we’ve been fortunate to get a space at Roath Market instead.

The craft market is held inside the Mackintosh Community Centre (38 Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3JW) between 9:30 am and 1 pm, while the Roath Food Market is held outdoors in the car park.

We’ve not attended this one for a long time, but it’s always been fun and it’s good to be back.  There are lots of interesting craft stalls, friendly people, and fantastic food outside.

More details at