The firm was started by Derek Wright in 1957, making 2007 our golden
anniversary. Using a converted cow shed, loft area, yard and later acquiring
two fisherman's cottages, he created a thriving carpentry and joinery business.
The cow shed was converted into a joinery shop with all the necessary machines
for making window frames and the like, the cottage being used as a store. In
1971 the loft was demolished and in its place a modern shop was built. This
shop enabled the business to take a new direction: DIY and Art & Craft.
In 1970 his son Gary joined the business. This heralded a shift into
picture framing and less emphasis was placed on the DIY side. The old cottage
was converted into a picture framing workshop. Gradually the door handles and
hinges made way for brushes and pencils, the household paints for oil and
acrylic and picture frame mouldings replaced timber.
Over the years paintings were "hung" in the shop on behalf of the artist. From
this grew the desire to open their own gallery. Eventually, in 1997, the last
remnants of the DIY stock were disposed of and a brand new gallery opened in
this area of the shop. The business was also now much more Art and less Craft.
In 1998 Gary's daughter Marie joined the family firm, three
Wrights serving the art community. She set about restoring the Craft side of
the business, a side which has grown more and more in recent years.
Having worked in the business since its humble beginnings, Derek finally
decided to take it easy and retire, doing so in 2003. He is still likely to
be found in the workshop, working on some project or other.
Art & Craft
The business is now firmly rooted in all things art. A budding artist can
obtain all the things needed to pursue his or her chosen field. From pencil
drawings, through pen and ink, acrylic and water colour to oil painting,
Wrights stock everything. They have all kinds of
paper, board and canvas,
for the job and can, of course, frame the final product. They even
sell the books to tell you how to do it.
For those of you who don't paint or draw in the conventional sense there is a
wide range of alternative craft items. From glass paint to foil stickers,
not forgetting stamps and stencils, there is something for everyone.
After 30 years the Wright family have built up a substantial reputation for
They serve not only the needs of the amateur and
professional artist but also museums, government and commercial organisations.
No job is too big or too small. Having a large workshop they are able to make
bespoke frames up to 8' by 4', and large if required. Add to that the expertise
to mount pictures, tapestries and almost anything else you could want in a
frame, with picture cleaning and restoration also undertaken and you have a