The furniture workshops at Lethenty Mill were originally set up in 1980 by Allan Fyfe, trading as Lethenty Mill Furniture. Initially producing simple but solid furniture in local pine, the company evolved, eventually specialising in custom built kitchens made with local hardwoods. Over the years the company expanded and its reputation grew. By the turn of the 21st century Lethenty Mill Furniture had established itself as the premier producer of bespoke kitchens in the North East of Scotland.
At the end of 2003 Allan made the decision to wind up the workshops at Lethenty Mill in order to concentrate on teaching traditional Scottish furniture making skills. It was at this point, that Lethenty Cabinetmakers was born. Graeme Winram, the workshop manager at the time, agreed to lease the workshop and showroom on a long term basis and, with three other members of staff, production was continued.
Since then, the company has continued to evolve and we soon were employing five specialist cabinetmakers. Lethenty Mill had become a local centre of woodworking excellence - producing bespoke furniture and kitchens for some of the most prestigious houses in Aberdeenshire, including properties owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
The Lethenty Mill Fire
On the 28th of April 2016, Lethenty Mill was partially destroyed by a large fire. It took around 50 firefighters to bring the blaze under control. Our main workshop, the storage area above and our paint and varnish shop were totally destroyed, along with the clients' work we had in progress. Other parts of the building suffered smoke and water damage. We lost around ⅔rds of our machinery and a large quantity of our stock of timber.
It was immediately evident that our workshops were far too badly damaged to be rebuilt so the very next day, we began the search for a new workshop. We publicised our requirements on line and in the local press. We received over forty offers of potential buildings and, after looking at several possible new sites, we ended up moving into a new workshop at Cairntradlin, around one mile from Blackburn.
Our new workshop has been extensively altered to create a modern and efficient production facility. We’ve had to install heating, dust extraction, three phase power and a new showroom. We’ve also had to install a fleet of new woodworking machines and move around forty tons of hardwood we were able to salvage from Lethenty Mill.
Although it may not have all the charm of a traditional mill building, Cairntradlin is a fabulous new workshop and is very well equipped. There is around 400 square metres of workshop space, as well as office and showroom facilities. There's also a large yard outside for drying timber.
After more than twenty years in our old workshop, we'll always feel sad at the loss of Lethenty Mill but at the same time we're so pleased to have made the move to Cairntradlin. Our new workshop is much more efficient and we’re in an ideal position to grow and prosper. All of us love what we do and we're looking forward to the next commission!
We make carefully designed and solidly built kitchens, made with true attention to detail that will enhance your home for decades to come.
Commissioning bespoke furniture is a collaboration between client and maker which results in a truly unique piece – made especially for you.
We offer a truly bespoke design and build service. Creativity balanced with skilled craftsmanship lies at the heart of our business.