Fire Dragons / Swedish Log Candles

We are now stocking ‘Fire Dragons’ made by my brother Graham and his wife Jacky at ‘Really Rustic’. They harvest these large logs from their own sustainable forest in Wales making a wide variety of products from the wood including these Swedish log candles that they have branded as Welsh ‘Fire Dragons’.

Swedish Candle logs now stocked in Hesketh Bank, Lancashire
Swedish Candle patio fire logs now in stock

The Fire Dragon is their take on the classic woodsman’s Swedish log candle (sometimes called a Swedish Fire Torch) which is a very simple design: a large upright log with three downward cuts that run almost the entire length of the log. They are lit by inserting a small amount of kindling into the top (or just pop in a bit of firelighter) and they quickly get going to provide light and heat into the evening.

A lit 'Fire Dragon' Swedish Candle campfire alternative
A lit ‘Fire Dragon’

Ideal for use on the patio or in the garden although a common sense approach is needed; flames can blow a considerable distance in high winds and burning pieces of log can fall away from the main log so the Fire Dragon Log must be sat on a non flammable surface. Nothing flammable should be allowed into a 4 meter radius around the burning log and it should not be left unattended. Do not let children go too close to the fire or leave them to attend it unsupervised by an adult.

Available for collection from Hesketh Bank, Lancashire a Fire Dragon costs just £15 for one or £25 for two.


Alternative Wire Heart Frame Now In Stock

We took delivery of our new heart frame stock this afternoon. The ‘dumpy’ heart shape of these new wire frames make it slightly easier to binding foliage to them. It will be interesting to hear from our customers who use them for fabric crafts as to what they think of them. All feedback very welcome.

They are made from a slightly thinner gauge of wire but are well made and offer a good saving over the standard ‘Oasis’ frames we have stocked for some time.

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New wire heart frame for wreaths and crafts arrived
New heart frame now in stock



Rosemary Wreath

Made for the local village show which was held yesterday, this very simple wreath caught quite a bit of attention; not necessarily because of the quality of its construction but more from the intense fragrance of rosemary that permeated the hall.

12 inch wreath made from willow and rosemary
Rosemary wreath

It was easily made; just a good pruning of our home grown rosemary plants with the cuttings bound with wreath binding wire to a 12″ rustic willow base.


Craft shapes for decorations and labels

For many years we have stocked chunky heart shapes routed from mdf which have been very popular with schools and youth groups as they provided a cheap base for an hour or so project; sanding, painting and decorating them as a personalised hanging decoration for gifts to family members.

Heart shaped shop price label
Hand made shop price label

They have also been popular with deli’s and farm shops who painted them with blackboard paint and used them for bespoke price labels. We have often been asked for a bigger range to fulfil both these functions and today we ‘went live’ with a few more designs on

mdf shapes for craft projects or shop price tags
Shapes cut from mdf for use as the basis of hanging decorations or high end shop price labels

All the above shapes are in now in stock and ready to post and at 50p or less they are great value.

Again in response to the feedback you have given, we have reduced the minimum quantities from 10 to just one piece if that is all that is required.

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Make a twig star decoration


Make a rustic willow twig star decoration

Twig stars are easy to make and, with appropriate supervision, are a craft project suitable for a wide range of ages. The stars can be used as a decoration or as a rustic wreath base.

Twig stars can be scaled up to make magnificent shop window displays or scaled down to make a small decoration for hanging on a Christmas tree.

The star pictured here is for use as feature wall hanging so we have used twenty 60cm (2ft) willow sticks of around 8mm – 10mm diameter, florists stubbing wire, rustic string and some basic tools.

Willow sticks to make star decoration

The twigs are then grouped into five bunches of four sticks and wired together using florists stubbing wire. You can vary the amount of sticks in each bundle to suit the diameter of the twigs and the overall size of the star you are creating.

Wire bundles of 4 willow sticks together

Trim off the stubbing wire tails and, to avoid any sharp edges protruding, fold back the twisted wire tail into a gap between the stick.

Trim off the stubbing wire tails

Next, just lay out the star paying attention to the ‘weave’ i.e. which length goes under and which goes over the other. I don’t know why this step is so difficult but it always seems to take more thinking about than it should so don’t worry if you need a couple of attempts.

Lay out the twigs to form the star shape

Wire together the ends of the two bundles of sticks at each of the star points.

Join together twig bundles at each of the star points

If the star is to be used as a base for further decoration or a wreath then you have finished but if you want it to be a stand alone decoration then you can cover up the stubbing wire using some rustic twine or bind over it with some fine willow whips.

Finish by wrapping the stubbing wire with rustic twine and are part of our ‘Rustical’ endevours.