Overthrow Traditional Sieve & Riddle Makers was started in 2019 by Steve Overthrow from Somerset after over a year and a half of research, development and practicing the techniques needed to make Sieves and Riddles.
The reason? The craft was made extinct in 2013 when the last makers stopped suddenly, and these tools were then no longer available in the quality that gardeners, bakers, fisherman, potters and ceramicists had become accustomed to made by a British craftsman. This was Steve’s motivation along with a disbelief at the ready availability of plastic, metal, plywood, and cheaply made wooden imitations still available all from overseas.
I have always believed in British craftsmanship, quality and our ability to make things with longevity in mind from natural and recyclable materials, and that can be repaired. I thought that this needed to continue. Every tool made is done so with the intention to last somebody a life time, and the next person theirs, something that he sees so often when presented with a tool of 80+ years old that belonged to the owner’s grandparents, still being used.
- Horticultural sieves and riddles for the potting shed to the garden
- Fishing riddles for the inshore shell fisherman
- Ceramics and pottery sieves or lawns for sieving glaze
- Kitchen and baking sieves
- Foundry Sieves
- Repair service
- Mesh and wire stocks
- Steam bending equipment
He has opted to use Ash wood for the hoops, Beech was not readily available from this country, most of the beech needed of the quality to steam bend the wood comes from overseas and that just does not fit into his ethics. If it can be sourced within these shores, it should be. I have a very good sawmill.
The process involves cutting the wood into strips, steam bending the wood around a form into a hoop, then leaving to dry out for a few days. After that both ends of the wooden hoop are tacked together followed by either fitting a pre woven mesh (Sieve) or hand weaving a mesh wire by wire (Riddle).
Uses for these tools go from baking sieves in kitchens, to potters and ceramicists sieves, gardeners potting sieves and garden riddles, fisherman’s shell fishing riddles, foundry sieves and have even had some go to the fruit pressing and textile industry.
Everything has a 5 year warranty.
Trade memberships / Awards / Qualifications
A long time member of the Heritage Crafts Association
Member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen
Telephone: 07564 478503