09 Dec 2013


Traditional woodworking business Lethenty Mill Furniture is offering self-employed crafters and hobbyists an opportunity to become part of the wider Lethenty Mill community, along with access to the company's facilities and skills. Its new rent a bench scheme will allow those who require a dedicated workspace to hire a bench within the company's workshops on a flexible basis.

Lethenty Mill Furniture proprietor, Allan Fyfe, established the rent a bench scheme in recognition of a number of trends including the resurgence of traditional crafts, changing work patterns and the challenges facing new start-ups in terms of securing affordable premises.

"While we at Lethenty Mill Furniture specialise in making furniture, our benches are suitable for a variety of purposes, including woodturning, French polishing, leather work, dress making and so on," he says. "We understand that many independent crafters want to take their business to the next level but are cautious about doing so. For this reason, we are offering benches for rental on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Another advantage of the scheme is access to our large and comprehensive collection of woodworking tools, which avoids the need for new starts to rush out and buy their own.

"We hope that, as well as gaining access to a workspace and tools, those who choose to rent a bench will also enjoy being part of the small community of businesses based here at Lethenty Mill. Informal advice, the company of others and the opportunity to participate in some of the events we hold here are other less tangible, but equally important, benefits."

Established over 30 years ago, Lethenty Mill Furniture has cultivated a reputation for crafting quality, traditional Scottish furniture by hand. Furniture making evening classes take place within the company's workshops four nights per week and woodworking kits and manuals are available through its website at www.lethenty-mill.com. Further information on Lethenty Mill Furniture's rent a bench scheme is available by calling 01467 622489.