Hello my name is Sue Swatridge. I have been making beautiful things from wood for over twenty years. I am self-taught and use many traditional methods and tools in my work such as: cleaving; shaving; and turning on a pole lathe.

I have been trading as Against the Grain since 2000 & relocated to Birmingham from the Lake District three years ago. Lately I have been producing a range of products using locally sourced wood & selling my goods at some of the many local craft markets, such as Moseley and the MAC.

I am currently living on my narrowboat Sunbeam and will soon be trading at floating markets around the network as well as from the towpath. Please feel free to get in touch with me using the Contact Page here if you see anything on my site you'd like to purchase; if you'd like to commission a particular item; or if you'd like to book me to demonstrate traditional techniques at your event.