Prokraft started completely by accident - initially we began by making wooden items such as bottle stoppers, bowls , boxes and a range of wooden door furniture such as Suffolk latches and bolts . These were for our own use and made for fun.
We grew by request into supplying some local businesses and individual customers and it was then that having to buy hardware we found there was no one-stop shop for both specialist hardware and woodturning kits. Indeed some of the hardware on the market was so expensive it is simply out of the reach of most hobby craft makers.
We imported a few bottle stoppers and hinges and found we had rather more than we could use so we advertised them on the internet and they sold. We were also really frustrated at companies continually trying to sell unnecessary and expensive tools to go with this hardware. There are mandrels, arbours, bushings, presses and all manner of stuff, some is needed much is not.
We sell a few tools but not many, such as our basic bottle stopper mandrel - you could make one of these yourself if you wished they are pretty easy - we won't ask you to spend £12 on a mandrel that you don't need and charge you £5 for a few plastic bushings - we think that is preposterous.
So we set to look at how some basic items could be improved and made simpler – we have developed our bottle stopper system, acrylic polishing paste and even a kit to make your own bowl sander as a few examples. Many of our products are now manufactured to our own specification and are unique to Prokraft.
Because we have used many of our products we hope we know a little about them and we are very much led by the passion of creating rather than commerce.
Our business has now grown to over 300 products (still very small by industry standards) but we do rather specialise in what we do.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our little shop and rest assured we intend to keep it that way. We are indeed a small business we don't have massive marketing budgets fancy workshops or photo studios and if you buy from businesses that do - rest assured you have paid towards them.
And finally - thanks for visiting, even if you don't buy anything maybe you can pick up an idea for a project or even have a laugh at one of our no-nonsense videos with the sound of horses trotting by in the background – above all keep making your creations.
Jon - Prokraft