By Eilidh Whiteford
In 2015, Susan and Austen Dancey brought Benbecula's old Post Office building back to life, transforming the well-known premises at Creagorry into Puffin Studio Crafts gift shop and gallery.
And since opening its doors in November 2015, the 'new shop' has proved a hit with both the local community and visitors to the isles.
“We had a lot of support locally when we were refurbishing and we feel like we've been well accepted and we're getting a lot of the local community coming in, they like the product lines that we carry,” said Austen.
In its light and fresh new home, Puffin Studio Crafts offers original artworks and hand-made crafts from 25 producers based in the Uists and from the Isle of Skye – from knitwear and yarns supplied by Berneray's Birlinn Yarn, wood turned bowls and wrought iron candle holders, to fabric wall-hanging trophy heads, candles, yarns, gift box sets and a wide range of greetings cards, gift wrappings and accessories.
Susan creates a huge range of Harris Tweed products at Puffin Studio Crafts – tweed covered hip-flasks, bookmarks, cushions and cuff-links to name but a few – and original artworks from a number of island-based artists – from traditional paintings to works made with seaweed – are on sale.
Puffin Studio Crafts is open Monday-Friday, 10.30am to 4.30pm, and on Saturdays, 10.30am to 5.30pm. Find out more and keep up to date with new products and ranges at the Puffin Studio Crafts Facebook page.