Shot Guns a Go-Go

The madness of guns around the world and the daily killing of people making us numb to violence I’ve had a think and come up with a far better use of casings and shells. As you know I make pens from bullets, why not also make a hatstand or two?


This one is made from reclaimed pallet wood which has been sanded waxed and treated to some TLC. Added are four ‘Victory 12 gauge’ shell cases mounted from the reverse and one of the new Turnedoutnice part plates.



As you can see each part plate has a unique item number, this one is SG017 (Shot Gun piece 17) and a date is also stamped on, in this case 13th July.

I’ll add a page to the products part of the site in due course, in the meantime have a fantastic day. I’ll leave you with a couple more images of them.



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Turnedoutnice is still nice, and still European.

Bonjour! Ola! Dobriy den! Zdravstvuyte! Hej! Guten tag! Tere! Ciao! Kaixo!  Zdraveĭte! Góðan dag! Jó napot! Geia sas! Sveiki! Moïen! Zdravo! Dobar dan! Zdravstvujtie! Hallå!  Salut! Komentari!  Merhaba! Përshëndetje! Barev Dzez! Goeie dei!

Just to be clear, for all the people looking at the lovely upcycled, repurposed items I make. I’m happy to price in any currency you like, and to take payments as such. The UK may have made a crazy, separatist, insular decision, but Turnedoutnice is still nice, still European and still here!

Have a look around, get in contact and have a great day.

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Engine case coathook 

Venerable and vintage engine case, is it a Vincent?, meets the Turnedoutnice method and some reclaimed hardwood.


I could see this in any petrolheads office. What better place for the boss, or a visitor to hang their coat?

Have a fantastic week!


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Valves and caps

Another interesting Autojumble weekend has produced some new products…….

For the disorganised petrol head there is the key cap coathook.  It uses a 1970’s French petrol cap, maybe the most valuable thing on a deuc chevaux? And a valve rod to hang the coat on.

The others are either single injection coat hook or a double from MG. 

Have a great week!

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High End Raw Materials

New raw materials in stock! Look out for some new makes including MG, Daimler, Bentley, and Aston Martin.

Off into the turnedoutnice man cave. Bangs and clangs forthcoming….

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Triumph of a make


 I think the badge is from the loved (and lost) Dolomite. It’s mounted directly (no glue or filler here) onto a hardwood mount. The top has been left as the bark / trunk with the faces sanded from S2 grit down to fine and then antique oiled. Another coat before being posted. 

Comment or mail to buy. 

£32.50 inc p&p (UK)

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Key Chains

Back in stock and new lower price!

I have a variety of gauge chains and an awesome cleaning product from J&S Accessories (Preston), so am in the Man Cave and making……

As an re-introductory offer how does £5.50 including p&p sound? Remember these used to be £6 plus p&p, so I make that 20% cheaper, based on 85 pence postage. Gimme a shout at  when they go into the shop they will have to be £6 again, so bargain grab away-hey-hey!

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Pens a go go

I realised when at @LifesLilLarks the other day that with all my lamp making I have been ignoring the pens I  make.

This first is a mahogany one made for crossword doers and doodlers alike. The bulb end is great for arthritis sufferers, giving more feel to writing. 

It’s also great for ‘players’ who like to know they have something to hold as they think.

I’ve said for a long time that the pen picks it’s owner not the other way about.

I had so much fun in the Man Cave that this Blackwood (and pale growth wood) pen came out along with a few more.

All off to Glovers Court and the best gift shop in Lancashire. (Life’s Little Larks, of course!)

Have a great day, off to attempt the crossword!

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MG Rocker Desk Tidy / Lamp

Using another base from the awesome Woodhouse (Stocks Rd, Ashton, Preston) which has been stained and waxed, this MG Rocker Desk Tidy has a low wattage bulb.

The lamp is a brand new chain store lamp with the base removed. The rocker cover has had the standard fitting ground out to allow the lamp to fit.

The indicator is a fun addition for petrol heads.

Finally the oil duct is cleaned and has a plastic cup added so whatever pens are stored cannot be lost inside the desk tidy.

It will make it into Life’s Little Larks on Glovers Court. It will grace any petrol head’s desk.

Have a great day!

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Off my Rocker

Using a series A rocker cover I’ve had some fun making this. Not least meeting the awesome team at The Woodhouse in Preston.

They do in wood everything I do in up cycling engine bits and bobs and more! As an education project they are fantastic. They fit into the #legup idea.

Damian and his crew supplied the base for this (and my next project) hand cutting recycled timber for me. There’s a Lucas indicator added for fun and a repurposed lamp with new retro bulb.

This is a 28w bulb with a screw over dimple bulb. It gives a fantastic light to work to.

The desk tidy is completed with pen tidy (there’s a cup insert inside the rocker) whilst retaining the period oil cap.

Stocked at Life’s Little Larks, Glovers Court, Preston, in ‘the man corner.’ Make sure you get to Stocks Road in Ashton too, for The Woodhouse. I’m sure you’ll be pleased you did.

Have a fantastic day!

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