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Our Story

Stuart was a keen horseman and pony club member from a young age, he trained as an agricultural engineer refining his welding & forging skills.  He is now keen to use these skills to make individual, & beautiful country styled items.

Carol has a finance background and loves rustic, cottage style and being social in person & online.  Together for nearly 30 years we run our business with firmly held values.

We have lived at Anvil Cottage since 2011, beside the river Great Ouse near the historic city of Ely, not far from Newmarket & Cambridge.  To the front we look out over the riverbank while at the rear we have rural views over the fenland fields.

Our values are important to us, we are driven by making consistently stylish and organically distinctive items and providing honest and reliable customer service.

Our vision is to be recognised as the premier maker of quality, handmade horseshoe gifts, accessories and functional items with a friendly and supportive customer experience.

Our products are hand crafted, designed with artisan style using new or used horseshoes from Newmarket or using customer’s shoes.

We use a mixture of authentic traditional and modern skills and tools, creating unusual items with an engineering twist.  We thoroughly clean the shoes, removing dirt and other contaminants and we finish our pieces with a clear lacquer to preserve the finish unless the customer requests a colour.

A lot of our inspiration comes from the shape of the horseshoe as it naturally lends itself to many items, we design and create our items to be attractive, upcycled gifts and home accessories or practical, useful items which will last for years.


"Fantastic service! Great communication throughout the whole process. The linked hearts are lovely & the fact they’re made from my late horse’s shoes makes them even more special. Thank you Carol & Stu"
Carrie Sarah
"I would just like to say that I am overwhelmed with the hearts made out of my late mares shoes , they are fantastic and will be a lasting reminder of her for me , the product is first class and so was the communication and a really speedy turn around time , I can't thank you enough , if anyone is thinking of getting anything made I would fully recommend this service"
Sue Gray
"Brilliant comunications and even better work. highly recommend.thank you so much"
Rhys Tudur Jones – Body Sculpt
"Thank you again for another amazing gift for my daughter made by you , the puppy made out of horseshoes with her dogs initial on the name tag on the collar , she loved it"
Di Anderson
"The items I ordered are stunning , I'm Soo happy with them ! I recommend 100% !! Beautifully made 😁😁😁"
Enfys Owen
"I asked Anvil Cottage Craft to make an untwined heart made from our 29 year old 'Tommy's' shoes, who we sadly lost in August. They are lovely, hold dear memorials and my mum was overwhelmed when I gave them to her. The communication and service throughout was brilliant - highly recommend!"
Natalie Garrett
"Made double hearts from my horses last shoes they are beautiful and love them very much. Great communication with me and sent out recorded delivery once made. Very pleased, they will put up on my kitchen wall ASAP. Thank you :0)"
Donna Waters
"Fantisic service from start to finish. Had two shoes made into the most beautiful candle sticks, everybody comments on them. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a unique horsey gift!"
Jason Mottershead
"I am chuffed to bits with my candle sticks made out of my mares shoes they look fantastic on my fireplace and also my horse shoe key holder. I was kept up to date with the progress and the service was very quick I will be back and will use you again"
Sarah Gaskins
"I brought a boot jack as a Birthday gift. it was well packaged, well made and the receipeant was throughly pleased. The service was 10/10. It was shipped quickly so I could have it in time. The communication was also excellent. I will definitely buy from Anvil Cottage Crafts again and I'd definitely recommend. Thank you"
Laura Trewern
"Just had my Hart shaped horse shoes come it looks fantastic thankyou so much Hiley recomend any 1 to send there horse shoes to u so u can work your magic"
Camille White
"Just got my Christmas tree. It’s amazing!! X"
Claire Louise
"Such a good company to do business with Thk you again for all your help xx"
Gaynor Daniels
"Outstanding!! Sent these guys my horse's shoes to be polished and they've come back looking amazing - kept the character whilst making them look fabulous!! Fast turn around and clear communication throughout. Highly recommended"
Betty Henry
"Love my metal door mat - so many lovely comments from friends."
Janet Pilling
"Just received my pillar candle holder. It's fantastic and thank you for your excellent communication and speedy delivery. 5*"
Mandy Connah
"Thank you so much for my candle sticks and hearts I'm soooooo pleased with them"
Tracy Shifano

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