The Early Days at Hortus Ligneous
In the early days Hortus Ligneous would build stables and sheds and erect fences. The earliest project Sam recalls taking on with the business was re-furnishing a stable yard. Sam made a variety of stable doors, re roofed some old barns and even built a horse-walker. These equestrian projects were significant in getting us where we are today. Sam took various photographs of his wok and placed them in a portfolio for his potential customers to see. It showcased a variety of products in both soft and hardwoods. Potential customers were impressed with the quality of his bespoke timber products and asked him to manufacture a variety of hardwood and softwood gates in a variety of shapes and sizes; from small hand gates, regular estate gates to large sweeping driveway gates. He advertised in the local parish magazines and left his business cards at timber yards and local trade counters, and relied on local recommendations. In more recent times we had a website built, attended a variety of country shows and advertised in a few local and national publications. “Word of mouth” has continued to be our most successful marketing tool and Hortus Ligneous is becoming well known for the manufacture of bespoke projects ranging from Hardwood gates to Oak summer houses and Oak framed Garages.