As The Workshop becomes part of the community, people are realising that we can turn their ideas into reality. Our creativity, combined with a working knowledge of design, materials and manufacturing techniques, means that we can find a workable solution to most of the ideas that walk in our door.
Take Craig Forsythe, founder of Motion Coaching (MoCo) and freelance outdoor instructor with Beyond Adventure, who got married in Aberfeldy in May. With three days to go before The Big Day, Craig popped in to The Workshop with a set of eight Opinel pocket knives that he was going to give to his best men and ushers. Could we engrave them to make them into a special memento for each person? We certainly could! Less than 30 minutes later, Craig left The Workshop, a happy and excited groom to be, with eight personalised knives detailing a name, their title for the day and the wedding date. Little did he know that The Workshop had also engraved a plaque for a garden ‘Love Seat’ which was to be a wedding present from the team at Beyond Adventure. Another special memento for a very special day.
The Workshop was initially briefed with creating medals for 2015 Tour de Force cyclists. The engraved Perspex samples looked like mini trophies and so, with the addition of a hardwood pedestal, the idea of a desk trophy was born. 175 trophies are packed and ready to go to France where they will be presented to triumphant but exhausted riders!
Tour de Force cyclists cycle the route of the Tour de France, starting and finishing 7 days ahead of the pro's. The majority of cyclists will ride a ‘Tour Taster’ package of between two and nine days. But a limited number of places go to ‘Lifers’: cyclists who take on the staggering challenge of completing the entire route. This is an awe-inspiring opportunity to experience one of the greatest sporting tests in the world.
Riders also undertake to raise funds for the William Wates Memorial Trust whose mission is to help the most disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence and fulfil their potential. This is achieved by giving grants to charities that engage young people through the mediums of sport, arts and education. To date, the Tour de Force has raised over £2 million pounds. Their goal is to raise a further £500,000 per year.
Gemma Henderson is the Business Manager at The Workshop Aberfeldy. Always inspired by the variety of products that 'walk through the door', this blog highlights some of the more interesting projects that are created here in The Workshop.