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My Story

Rheece Mills grew up on a pig farm on the beautiful shores of Southdown farm in Devon. Some of you may have also walked the coastal footpath to Soar Mill Cove and witnessed the rugged and stunning views. Here, Rheece found his love of woodwork, up-cycling driftwood and re purposed wood into beautiful wine racks, tables, bed frames and even a barbecue. You name it, Rheece has probably built it from something he’s found on the beach. ​

After finding a broken public footpath sign about to be burnt, he sanded it down, added coat hangers and hung it from a wall as a gift to his parents. After many commissions from friends and family, he decided to dedicate his time to his passion and this is where Grain Designs was born.

Into the Future

Grain designs has come a long way since then, the product range has grown and the workshop is now fully equipped. The wood is dried in the workshop meaning new orders can be started immediately.

Rheece is constantly coming up with new ideas and designs so keep checking in on our product range.

Testimonials

"Great service, quick and careful (took the trouble to query one of my nominated towns as there are several in the world), beautifully packaged, prompt UK delivery. We love it!"
Fiona Campbell Trevor
Etsy Review
30 Dec, 2021
"Rheece made this amazing post for us recently. It’s really well-made and is a beautiful piece of wood. It says Hello in English and various other languages from the four “corners” of the world. The idea took some development and Rheece quickly understood what we wanted and enthusiastically helped create it. It’s a small way to remind people that we’re all part of one world and it makes us (and hopefully others) smile every time we see it. Thanks Rheece for creating such a brilliant, thought-provoking piece."
Mark
Etsy Review
24 Jun, 2019
"Great seller, above and beyond customer service. Delighted with my purchase and advice 👏🏻"
Joanne
Etsy Review
03 Jul, 2021
Don’t hesitate! Great service, communication throughout, made to measure, speedy service & fantastic end product! Love it, love it, love it 💛
bentleyfudge
Etsy Review
20 Jun, 2019
"I cannot wait to get our coat rack on the wall, it's BEAUTIFUL, absolutely worth every pound! You can tell a lot of work went into it and will look stunning in our entry. LIGHTENING FAST order completion and shipping as well!"
Maddison
Etsy Review
13 May, 2021
"Absolutely love this coat hanger, fantastic quality, and a unique piece of work, great communication from Rheece, arrived quickly and very well packaged"
colejj
Etsy Review
23 Sep, 2020

Family Influence

From a young age my Grandad Nick Pitts taught me the basics of wood work. We made chestnut bowls, yew table matts and even a big oak snail with a moving shell. His workshop has lathes, thicknessers, table saws, chop saws, belt sanders and band saws. It was a magical place for 12 year old me.

We spent hours in the workshop learning how to turn pens, plates and bowls. A lot of my appreciation for the trees and woodlands came from my Grandad. We planted thick hedges covered by trees around his farm, we also planted a little woodland for the wild birds to nest in.

Every year we would drive down to the River Erme and clean out all of the trapped trees, netting, plastic and even a washed down hot tub. Since starting Grain Designs my Grandad has been bombarded with woodwork questions and has helped me set up the processes for building my coat racks. Thank you Grandad!

The Coat Rack Building Process

Step 1
Firstly the wood is cut and planed from specially selected and locally sourced Oak at a nearby family run sawmill.
Step 2
The wood is then taken back to the workshop where we cut everything to the right dimensions and cuts a precise mortise in the posts.
Step 3
Once an order comes through we use a special CNC machine to carve out the letters which are then painted.
Step 4
After the paint dries the sign is taken through 3 stages of sanding to get a really smooth finish that shows off the natural oak grain.
Step 5
The coat rack is then sponge painted using a homemade secret oil that opens up the grain and gives the wood that rustic aged look.
Step 6
The hooks are bent into shape by Rheece using a hammer and anvil and then secured into the coat rack.
Step 7
Dowels are driven through the coat rack to keep everything strong and solid. Only two screws are used in the entire coat rack and they are provided for you to fix it to the wall.
Step 1
Firstly the wood is cut and planed from specially selected and locally sourced Oak at a nearby family run sawmill. 
Step 2
The wood is then taken back to Rheece's workshop where he cuts everything to the right dimensions and cuts a precise mortise in the posts.
Step 3
Once an order comes through Rheece uses a hand held router to carve the letters which are then painted.
Step 4
After the paint dries the sign is taken through 3 stages of sanding to get a really smooth finish that shows off the natural oak grain.
Step 5
The coat hanger is then sponge painted using a homemade secret paint that opens up the grain and gives the wood that rustic aged look.
Step 6
The hooks are bent into shape by Rheece using a hammer and anvil and then secured into the sign.
Step 7
Dowels are driven through the sign to keep everything strong and solid, only two screws are used in the whole coat hanger and they are provided for you to fix it to the wall.

See For Yourself!