Cley Windmill oak remnants (from the old sails)

Engraved Wooden Gifts of Cley Windmill

Written by Ben & Davina : Posted on August 9, 2014 : No Comments
Cley Windmill is a Grade II listed Windmill which dates back to the early 18th Century and is a well-known landmark on the north Norfolk coast.

It commands breathtaking views over the salt marshes to Blakeney Point and the sea, while nestling comfortably by the old quay, and alongside the flint-walled cottages of the village. The windmill itself has been converted into a guesthouse of immense character, charm and comfort.

The old stables and boathouses are now stylish bedrooms with Dovecote a self catering retreat for independent holidaymakers. The windmill featured in MGM’s 1949 film ‘Conspirator’ with Elizabeth Taylor and was the scene of various intrigues in the televised Ruth Rendell Mysteries.

It featured extensively in David Bellamy’s television series and was used for several years, with the sails apparently turning, as the BBC1 continuity link.

Engraved Wooden Gifts of Cley Windmill from

Where do we fit into the picture? – Well, some months ago, we had a telephone call from the owner who said that the —sail— was being replaced and he wanted to do something with the —100— year old oak rather than just simple setting fire to it.

He had seen our products and asked if we could do something with the oak. A deal was done and a few weeks later the gentleman arrived with a trailer full to bursting with huge beams of oak.

As you can probably imagine, they weren’t crisp, clean beams, they had many years build-up of white paint, huge metal bolts and nails coming out of everywhere and were riddle with rot and years upon years of where-and-tere.
…Quite a challenge then!

Some head scratching, a purchase of a good metal detector, a chainsaw and several pairs of pliers, we set about de-nailing the beams, removing the paint and cutting them into manageable pieces.
You,d be amazed, once we had stripped away the top layer, the oak beneath was stunning, and once planed and sanded it looked as if it was brand new, fresh from the saw mill. Avoiding, the large holes where bolts and rot had been, we cut the timber into what we thought would work best. Interestingly – the timber was dictating the products, rather then the other way around…

Engraved oak tree swing:

Engraved Wooden Gifts from
Engraved Wooden Gifts from

Engraved oak serving board:

Engraved Wooden Gifts from

Engraved oak tea light holders:

Engraved Wooden Gifts from

Engraved oak key or change bowls:

Engraved Wooden Gifts from

Engraved oak chopping boards:

Engraved Wooden Gifts from

Beautiful, personalised wooden gifts, manufactured from the sails of Cley Windmill. A true Limited edition collection made from a true English heritage. This is a one off opportunity to own a true piece of English Heritage crafted into a practical, durable and truly beautiful engraved wooden gifts. Once these are gone – they are gone – there is no more.

Engraved Wooden Gifts from

If you like the look of these engraved wooden gifts, visit

For enquiries on products, give us a call on:
01252 703 196
or you can email us at: