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17th May 2017

Against the Grain, Adviza’s social enterprise which was launched last October, has moved on leaps and bounds since its inception.  It is now entering phase 2 of the project: with the new workshop up and running it has recently taken on a new retail space in Reading’s town centre and is holding an exhibition of some of the work the trainees have been working on.

From Board to Spoon and From Tree to Table

A photographic exhibition at the Turbine House at Blake’s Lock in Reading tells the story of Against the Grain from inception to current day and will feature some beautiful hand-made wooden spoons and other pieces of furniture which one of our trainees, George has worked on with one of our volunteers (Elliott Hamer) who is a graduate from Rycotewood Furniture College in Oxford.  

The exhibition runs from Wednesday 17th May through to Friday 26th May, 10am-6pm each day, including the weekend.  In addition, there will be a demonstration on 19th May between 11 – 2pm where visitors will be able to talk to George and Elliott about their work. 

The trainees have also worked with a woodturner and coracle maker called Alistair Phillips who will also have some items on display, his part of the exhibition will be called ‘From tree to table’ and will feature some beautiful wooden bowls and hopefully a coracle he has made.

Pop-up Shop in Broad Street Mall

Against the Grain has recently opened a pop-up shop in Reading’s Broad Street Mall where you can view some of the beautiful pieces of restored furniture which the trainees have produced.  The shop is accessible via the St Mary’s Butts entrance opposite Reading Buses Shop. The opening hours are Monday – Wednesday 10-4pm, Thursday 10-2pm and Friday - Saturday 10-4pm.

Can we makeover your furniture?

We can make minor repairs, carry out basic upholstery, restore or repaint your furniture.  Pop into the shop and we can talk to you about your requirements.

For further information see the website


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