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About

Where it all started.

Splinter & Callous was founded in 2015 by Sheldon Walters. Up until then, Sheldon had been an IT Engineer who felt he was missing out on something by working in an office all day. Spending long hours working on abstract projects with no tangible outcomes, he developed a longing to do something hands-on.

Unable to find a place that taught skills in both wood and metalwork, with the flexibility to do it at a time, place and pace that fitted into his life, he decided to do something about it. So together with a colleague and friend, Mike Simpson, they founded Splinter & Callous.

Opening permanently in mid 2016, Splinter & Callous is a wood and metal workshop where people find their inner maker with expert guidance from master Craftsmen. It’s a communal place where everyday people can learn real skills while building well-crafted things and connecting with others across a workbench. 

In contrast to the office environment many people find themselves in, Splinter & Callous gives you a dose of the tangible, and cultivates a practical skillset. Most importantly, it is helping office workers improve their mental well-being through hands on activity. 

At the workshop you’ll learn to make truly beautiful and useful objects - pieces that you’ll put a lot of time into and be proud to remember that you made it, every time you see it. It doesn't matter whether you have years of experience, or whether you've never built anything in your life! We can start from the very beginning if that's what you need.

With a strong social purpose, we are dedicated to providing employment for skilled older Craftsmen. To provide a facility where their years of problem solving and creating will be acknowledged and appreciated, and to invigorate the next generation of makers.

Our ambition is for our members to develop an appreciation of good design, Craftsmanship and quality materials, enabling a more aware, and appreciative approach to material consumption. 

  Sheldon Walters & Mike Simpson

Sheldon Walters & Mike Simpson