Dockman’s Tipple has been made from a batch of reclaimed English oak timbers. Rescued by Sticks & Stone the timbers previously were a part of Chatham Dockyard in Kent. This historic dockyard was closed in 1984 & has been subject to renovation since then. The beam used to create the Dockman’s Tipple would have once formed a part of an original historic building on the site.
The Royal Dockyard at Chatham closed in 1984. This brought an end to the 400 years of fleet support and warship design, building and repair on the River Medway. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust was established & was tasked with the stewardship of the dockyard.
The Historic Dockyard is the most complete dockyard of the age of sail in the world. There has been a continuous process of investment since 1984. The majority of the dilapidated buildings & infrastructure have been renovated so they are safe to be used once more. The removal of timbers from these buildings meant that we were able to rescue them from this site.
Chatham Dockyard depicts all elements of the age of the ship-building process from ship design through the preparation and working of timber and iron, the manufacture of rope, sails, flags, paints, rolled lead and galvanised iron, to ship construction, repair and refit on the slips and in the dry docks. The Dockman’s Tipple really brings to life it’s history through the character in the timber & the addition of refurbished metal work.
The Dockman’s Tipple as it’s name suggests is a characterful piece full of heritage. This 10 bottle wine rack is freestanding so can be placed anywhere to become a real feature of a room.