About our handmade traditional Garden Sieves & Riddles

Our handmade garden sieves and riddles are crafted by a UK master craftsman.
Each one possessing an inherent uniqueness that sets them apart from their mass-produced counterparts. The artisanal process combines skill, craftsmanship, and attention to detail, resulting in products of exceptional quality. Each sieve and riddle is meticulously constructed by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike. This individuality adds a touch of exclusivity to the product, transforming it into a work of art and a heritige piece.

HAND Made garden Sieves & Riddles


A potting shed necessity

When you imagine a potting shed or potting bench you will probably also imagine handmade traditional wooden sieves and riddles as used by gardeners in days gone by.
Such handcrafted pieces were historically made in England and centred primarily in Derbyshire, however the craft was considered extinct by 2010.
So, we’re delighted to now have such a beautiful range of these wonderfully special heritage sieves & riddles, made traditionally in England by a master craftsman.
Each one is proudly made with quality, strength and durability in mind.
If looked after these may serve you well for some 50 – 80 years!

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Unparalleled quality

Beyond their aesthetic appeal and functionality, the quality of our handmade garden sieves and riddles is unparalleled.
Employing traditional techniques and materials the artisan uses his experience and expertise to create durable and long-lasting results.
It’s true to say such handcrafted items often exhibit superior craftsmanship, with meticulous attention paid to every detail of construction. As a result, these items boast exceptional durability and functionality, making them an investment that can withstand the test of time. This level of craftsmanship ensures that these garden sieves and riddles maintain their effectiveness even after years of use, thus distinguishing them from mass-produced alternatives that may lack the same level of attention and quality. Supporting our belief in buy once buy better.

Steam bending with encouragement

Wondering how the shape round is achieved… In the process of making each sieve and riddle the strips of ash wood are placed into a steam chest for a minimum of 3 hours. When ready the strips are then rolled around a heavy roller to form the finished shape. Initially they are clamped for several minutes which also involves some physical encouragement from the artisan (he sits on them) to achieve the required shape.
After several days they are then ready for the finishing touches and adding the copper metalwork.

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Traditional handmade wooden garden sieves & riddles, made in England by a master craftsman.
The linchpin of any potting bench, a key gardeners tool when preparing potting compost or sieving for a fine soil tilth.
Regarded as a heritage craft that was considered extinct in the UK just a few years ago and revived by an English artisan. Each one is made using steam bent English ash and the range from size 8″ to 22″ features an excellent copper mesh grid in an appropriate size.
A special tool to own, made today as days gone by, when gardeners used quality handmade wooden sieves and riddles which were traditionally made by sievewrights.
Unique and unsurpassed, which if looked after should serve well for some 50 – 80 years!

1. Product information:

  • Made with English ash wood
  • Copper mesh some sizes hand woven
  • Various Copper mesh apertures
  • Crafted with strength and longevity in mind
  • Handmade in the UK
  • Only limited amounts made each year
  • 15 Year makers guarantee
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