Party business built by wife using husband’s off-cut wood is now one of Doncaster’s ‘most missed’

When Holly Toyne’s husband was made redundant, he bounced back with his own furniture business.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 7:00 am

But when she saw the off-cuts that were left from his work, she had her own idea for a possible money spinner of her own.

And after setting up on her own, she has now been voted as one of the most missed businesses of the current lockdown.

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Holly Toyne in her workshop

Former care worker Holly took those pieces of left over wood which husband Gavin did not need, and used them to create small items like clocks and keyrings.

She used them to set up Twisted Knot, in a converted stables between Sprotbrough and Cusworth.

But rather than just selling them, she built herself into a visitor attraction which saw groups including birthday parties coming into her workshop to make their own self-styled items as well.

Sadly, lockdown has meant the parties have had to be put on hold.

HOlly's daughter with a sign produced in one of her parties

But Holly is keeping herself busy by making items in the workshop that she is still selling online to her customers.

She was voted runner up to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the Visit Doncaster lockdown awards, in the most missed attraction category. She was pleased by the honour.

Holly said: “It means a lot to me, not least because we had only been a year old then we had to stop.

"My husband set up doing furniture, and I just found something to do with the off-cuts, to do craft shows.

A clock produced in one of Holly Toyne's sessions

"I used the cutter to cut shapes out, and started doing creating workshops, people come and do wall art, or put their own spin on things. They get a piece of raw cut wood. On the day, they put their own stains and put on personalised things here and there, and take them home.

"Lockdown put the brakes on things a bit. Eventually I’d like to make it mobile, so we can go out doing this. I’m still doing painted signs through lockdown.”

Now she is hoping to be open again for her parties in the summer.

She already has bookings for July, and hopes to be able to re-open at the end of June under the Prime minister’s re-opening road map.

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