About Yandles


Welcome to Yandles Arts & Crafts - A brief history lesson!

Yandles Arts & Crafts Store is a hidden gem that can be stumbled upon in Martock, Somerset. We have a huge variety of artists materials and crafters essentials in store. We also have an active website which is constantly updated with new goodies. Go to yandlesartandcrafts.co.uk to have a snoop.
 
Yandles was founded in 1860 by Henry Yandle who was a wheelwright. His business progressed into local repairs and building work and of course played a part in the war effort making gun carriages and ammo boxes. By this time Yandles was sourcing locally grown timber and running the sawmill on steam with the help of 14 huge heavy horses! Very different to today. The business then progressed into being one of the leading makers of coffin sets until the dutch elm disease wiped out most of this area of work in the mid 1970’s. Yandles then had to source new timber from further afield and redirect the business to what it is now. Today our working sawmill creates coffin handles and breastplates, cremation caskets and supplied businesses throughout the country with timber and green oak.
 
Throughout the company’s growth a The Woodworking and Tool Shop was added, also The Cafe and our Hobbyshop in the 1990’s with The Gallery being added later. Over the years the Hobbyshop became Yandles Arts and Crafts and moved into its own 'bricks and mortar' shop which has had a glorious makeover, stocking an even bigger selection of Art materials, Yarns and Fabrics. The Gallery is now situated in Gift & Home - an informal, friendly giftshop which also showcases West Country arts & crafts talent stocking eclectic mix of homewares, toiletries, foodstuffs, textiles to ceramics, chocolates to condiments and greetings cards, the gift shop has a little something for everyone.
 
Back to today... our lovely Arts & Crafts Store has a large art department stocking outstanding products from Loxley, Golden, Royal Talens, Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Faber-Castell, Clairefontaine, Conté á Paris, Pentel, ExaClair and Docrafts. We offer a wide range of art supplies including easels and canvases offering exceptional quality at great prices for the discerning artist. You can find a very well stocked haberdashery area for dressmakers and quilters with an equally abundant yarn and fabric selection.
 
While on site, why not pop in and have a cup of tea and slice of cake in our cafe and meander through the Gift & Home Store and see some beautifully crafted gifts and artwork by local artists. Don’t forget we also have the Woodworking Centre for all your woodworking needs.
 
We look forward to seeing you in-store soon!


About us!

All our lovely staff are crafters and artists and are always on hand to give their help and assistance. We love to hear what you are crafting and welcome sharing photos or videos on Facebook or Instagram.

We welcome feedback and suggestions of all varities and listen to what you have to say. The Hobbyshop opened as a result of listening to our customer's comments.

We do our research so you don't have to, meaning that we keep our prices as low as we can to give you the best buys instore and online.

During the year we hold Handmade Craft Markets in July and September, sandwiched either side by The Woodworking shows where we have demonstrators showing you how to get the most from your purchases. Keep your eye on our events page for updates!