Rustic Simplicity

Embracing imperfection

All of our quirky products are hand made in Scotland from a tiny workshop in our garden. We love the slight imperfections and shade variations that characterize the oak. These just serve to enhance the beauty and should not be thought of as defects.

Rustic Ramblings

A glimpse behind the scenes at Rustic Simplicity


Our inspiration

We are inspired by the natural world around us – simplicity is the key

Cow Making

Cow making has many stages! First I find a piece of stave that I like - they are all different, and sometimes it depends on what James has

Your choices make a difference

Your choices really make a difference in more ways than you might think. When you are shopping for gifts to give at special times, just take a few

All kinds of boxes from recycled whisky barrel wood

Using recycled whisky barrel wood to make boxes can be a challenge   When James first started making boxes from recycled whisky barrel wood, he couldn’t understand what

Stained glass cupboards

Stained glass cupboards The beauty of stained glass appeals to most of us. The way the light shimmers through, creating magical patterns in the reflections all around evey

James – man at work

 Whisky barrel designs How are the whisky barrel designs created? James might look as if he is relaxing in front of the box, but when you know

Little wooden houses

Little wooden houses Little wooden houses have been on my mind for a while. I've always loved them is all their forms. Fairy houses, tiny houses painted onto

Artisan hand crafted versus mass produced

Just 100 years ago, everyone relied on themselves or their neighbours to come up with most of the things needed to live a comfortable life. Hand made was the norm. Sons learned valuable skills from their fathers or served apprenticeships to become highly skilled craftsmen. Today, for the most part this has been lost. Here at Rustic Simplicity we are rediscovering the pleasure of hand crafted artisan furniture.
It is always much better to give a home made gift. Not everyone has the time or resources to produce things themselves. Why not give your loved ones something simple and well made that you know will last.

Browse our shop for lots of unique and interesting items that make great gifts. Each item is unique – you won’t find another one exactly the same anywhere on the planet. We make everything ourselves, dreaming up the designs as we find inspiration in the natural world around us. We are constantly amazed by the beauty of the recycled oak we work with, running your hands over the curvey lines of the smooth sanded barrels is just irresistable!

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