News from Temima Crafts


Thinking in the Third Dimension

September 2015

Ray at work

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European Woodworking Show

September 2015

Here is Ray doing his thing at the European Woodworking Show in September 2015. It was bloomin' cold in the marquee hence the unusual head gear" Video courtesy of Ben Crowe

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Ilkeston Advertiser

'Boxing clever pair make clever boxes'

Published in the Ilkeston Advertiser 9 July 2013

A crafty couple have truly carved out a niche in the market with their beautiful boxes, which they say are unique to the UK – and possibly the world.

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Temima Crafts feature in the July issue of Costco Connection Magazine

Costco Magazine

Ray Sylvester from Temima Crafts in this months Costco Connection Magazine. Ray will be at the Dome on the 20th & 21st July, come along and see Ray's boxes in action.

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BBC Radio Derby

Sally meets a man who is in his own words ...... "bonkers about boxes"!

Aired on Wednesday 3rd of July 2013 on BBC Radio Derby

A crafty couple have truly carved out a niche in the market with their beautiful boxes, which they say are unique to the UK – and possibly the world.

BBC Radio Derby

KarlEvery designer/maker enjoys feedback, particularly when it is as positive as this.

Hi Ray

Your Box is really amazing I am really happy with it I have a picture sent with this email with the box I have just bought and the Box I bought from you in 2009. They are really Amazing Boxes Totally Unique They are like Puzzles Boxes and I love Puzzle Boxes.

Thank you ever so much


Paul Martin’s Hand Made Revolution.

Hand Made RevolutionRay appeared on this BBC2 programme in October 2012, although the shoot took place at the Jinny Ring Craft Centre near Bromsgrove in the August.

There were 10 programmes in the series, each featuring 5 “competitors”. Ray appeared in number 5. He didn’t ‘win’ but did enjoy meeting the other competitors and seeing how a such a programme is made. Ray thinks it is a pity , that such informative and education shows have to have a competitive element, but that’s show biz!

RayThe prize for the winner on the day was an opportunity to sell their work in the shop at the Victoria and Albert Museum for a month. Whilst Ray was disappointed not to have won, he was pleased that he hadn’t when he found out that the V and A had a mark-up of over 75%. Ray would have had to charge about £200 in order not to lose money on a box he would normally sell for £50. Although Ray’s boxes are very desirable he would not expect to sell a £50 box for £200, even to rich tourists.

Ray was, it has to be said, disappointed with the quality of the interviewing. It was clear very early on in the process that the chap interviewing him knew nothing about wood and did not appear to know what to ask. Ray then ‘took control’ of the interview and made sure that what he wanted to say about his work got said!

Ray was very gratified by the number of people who, having seen the programme, thought he should have won. See what you think the next time the series is broadcast.

Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton

Ray &  Kathy

Ray and Kathy looking very pleased with themselves at the Great Dome Art Fair in Buxton, July 2012

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha

In June 2011 Ray took on the challenge of talking about his passion for boxes at a Pecha Kucha evening in Derby. Pecha Kucha, which is a Japanese term for chit-chat, provides presenters with the opportunity to talk about their passion for exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds against a background of 20 PowerPoint slides which move on every 20 seconds. Ray, who doesn't normally do succinct, found talking for only 20 seconds per slide somewhat challenging. Ray's talk, which he called 'Epiphany on 7th Avenue', went down really well, judging by the laughter and applause.

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Best Product in the Craft Marquee

AwardIn many ways the highlight of 2011 for Ray was winning the cup for the Best Product in the Marquee at The Royal Show, Newbury.

Ray, who has never won any sort of trophy in his life, was delighted to win the cup because the name Temima Crafts is now inscribed on the same base as the names of crafts people Ray has admired for years. The craft marquee at the Newbury Show houses nearly 100 designer makers.