Barnsley craftsman magics old to new

Clive Leacock, who helped design and build sets for the first Harry Potter film, is expanding into upcycling.
Clive Leacock, who helped design and build sets for the first Harry Potter film, is expanding into upcycling.
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A Barnsley craftsman who helped design and build sets for the first Harry Potter film, is expanding into upcycling.

Love Wood Kitchens, based in Penistone, specialises in producing bespoke hand-crafted kitchen furniture, but company director Clive Leacock is now diversifying into rescuing old pieces of industrial furniture and turning them into tables, desks, shelves and cupboards.

Clive worked on the set of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone creating props such as Hagrid’s settle, the staircase in the Dursley house and high chairs that goblins sat on in Gringotts bank.

He said: “Working on the set of Harry Potter became quite a surreal experience. I had to step over a gigantic troll that looked like it was asleep on the floor whilst creating furniture to be smashed up by it.

“Some of the furniture and sets that I created were taken from the set and are now showcased in the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.”

Clive’s upcycled furniture is made from everything from metal storage boxes and bits of ploughs, to scaffolding poles and salvaged timber.

He added: “Upcycling is a truly blank canvas, I can take one look at something and I know it can become something unique and special.”

Clive’s business plans are being backed by business support programme Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Council.