Own a piece of theatre history!


A stitch unpicker and awl handmade from the original teak beams from the Queens/Sondheim Theatre, home of Les Misérables.


This Teak is very special, sometimes called gods gift to boat builders, it is impervious to water and resistant to rot, swelling and cracking. It’s high oil content makes it immune to wood boring insects too, this also gives it a silky feel and smells almost like leather. In history, the Theatre and sailing worlds often intertwined, with terminology, equipment and even staff being used in both fields. This teak was originally the main stage beams at the Sondheim theatre (previously Queens) in London’s West End. Originally installed in 1907, These beams had the stage deck tongue and groove boards secured on top. In 2019 these beams were removed in order to lower the entire stage to accommodate the new production of Les Misérables and replaced with steel. I was fortunate enough to be offered several of these beams and its a privilege to be able to work with them, teak like this is extremely rare now and having worked at the theatre for over 8 years previously this wood not only represents theatre history but a part of mine too.


These are turned on a lathe, sanded and finished with friction polish and microcrystalline wax for protection and to retain the natural feel of the wood. They are laser engraved with the theatre names and dates (can be provided without engraving if desired). They also come with a velvet pouch and certificate of authenticity.


Given the nature of these pieces, each one is totally unique. You may not receive the item in the picture but one very similar.


These are made to order so please allow 3-5 days for dispatch.

Queens/Sondheim Theatre Seam Ripper/Stitch Unpicker and Awl