Joiner branches out with artisan pieces

Russell and Debs Crompton. with one of their wine racks.
Russell and Debs Crompton. with one of their wine racks.
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A Carpenter is carving out a niche with a range of homewares using waste timber.

Russell Crompton from Carelton has founded Drunken Trees and uses wood felled by a tree surgeon, and previously destined for the fire or chip board factory, to create gifts, including wine racks, tables, coasters, candle holders and serving platters.

What began as a hobby has now become an artisan business and, with the support of wife, business partner and muse Debs, Russell has officially launched Drunken Trees bespoke carpentry alongside his existing joinery business.

Russell’s firm R&J Carpentry and Joinery looks after both residential and commercial projects across Lancashire, and counts Blackpool nightclubs Rumours and Hush as customers.

He said: “As a joiner, I use wood in its most practical applications but I’ve always loved the more artistic side too.

“I’d often make things at home, everything from drinks coasters to coffee tables.

“People started saying I should offer them for sale and Debs put a few on e-bay and we were amazed with the response, in particular the wine racks which were very popular. “

Local firms Robert Pallant Designs and Acacia Kitchens have some of Russell’s work in their showrooms, as well as Whalley Wines in the Ribble Valley.

Debs said: “Russells has some incredible commissions, we even shipped one out to Australia this week.”

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