Hand-made products are truly special, for me personally, they have a special charm and authenticity that could never be found in any mass-produced product. Kevin Skinner from Trug Makers makes beautiful, hand-crafted, traditional trugs of all shapes and sizes, at his workshop in Hailsham, East Sussex.
I have a Trug Makers No. 7 trug. This is a very useful and versatile trug, I use it all the time for harvesting fruit, vegetables, and herbs, and I sometimes use it when I am picking flowers too. My Trug Makers trug is beautiful, both to look at and use, it is light to carry, yet it’s surprisingly strong, and can be filled with smaller pumpkins and squashes, or other solid, heavy vegetables or fruit and carried with ease. Using this trug makes harvesting even more special, it’s just simply the right tool for the job.
Trug Makers offer a lifetime guarantee on their trugs, which are hand-crafted from Birch using traditional methods and pure copper tacks. I am not aware of another trug maker offering such a generous guarantee. Kevin has been crafting his trugs from Birch wood since 1969, prior to this Kevin used Willow for making his trugs, but after experimenting and trialling different materials, he found that Birch was harder wearing, stronger and wood worm resistant. Unlike a Willow trug, Birch won’t rot.
Trug Makers produce their hand-crafted trugs in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, so there’s bound to be a trug that’s perfect for you – there is even an indoor trug, designed to display fruit or vegetables in the kitchen and a daffodil trug, which is great for cut flowers (you can read my review of Trug Makers Daffodil Trug here). Trug Makers are a very special family run-business, they offer a traditional, hand-made product for sale, with modern efficiency and fast, next-day delivery.
Kevin Skinner is naturally and quite rightly, very proud of his work, Kevin signs and dates all of his trugs. You can see the underside of my trug in the photograph below. The Trug Makers stamp and Kevin’s signature are on the underside of the trug, in the centre – it’s very discreet, you would only see it if you turn the trug over to look. I think this is a lovely touch, making the gift even more special, especially if the month or year was of significance to the trug owner. I received my trug in August – the same month it was made and signed by Kevin.
Trug Makers offer a remarkably fast and efficient order and delivery service, which is expertly run by Kevin’s wife Jaqui, you can order their hand-made trugs online via the Trug Makers website, or if you prefer, you can order over the telephone. The Trug Makers are very helpful, they take telephone orders during the daytime, evenings and at weekends. If you place your order before 10.30am, you will receive your trug the next day via a courier. Trug Makers trugs can be posted directly to the gift recipient, together with a gift message – each trug will arrived boxed up, maintaining the surprise of what’s inside, and also allowing for the gift to be opened at a later date should you wish this. Trug Makers trugs are ideal for a last minute, but nonetheless incredibly special gift. With all the different shapes and sizes of trug available, there is bound to be a trug that’s perfect for you. Trug Makers trugs are a useful, practical, beautiful and very special gift.
Other articles and links that may interest you…………………………
To visit the Trug Makers website, please click here.
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To read my 2016 recommended, trialled and tested gifts for gardeners, please click here.
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To read my interview with David Neale, an award winning Garden Designer based in Guildford in Surrey, please click here.
To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.