About Us

Little bit about us:

Helen Sumner AKA 'Beaver Bushcraft ':

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Helen's back ground was based in the Theatre. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and then went on to study at the Bristol old Vic.Theatre School. After leaving college she had a spell of working in the Theatre and then went on to run her own stall in London's famous Petty Coat Lane. She then met Mark, gave up her love of the Theatre and her little stall and concentrated on a career in Retail. Helen feels her life has come full circle as setting up for the Shows & Events they attend is rather like being back in the Theatre. Helen's back ground has come in handy when it comes to researching topics such as Traditional Fire Steels and lether work/design.

Helen decided to joined Mark full time in 2010 and 2014 saw the birth of Beaver Bushcraft, the sister company of Shark Designs. Beaver Bushcraft is still growing and it brings about both Helen & Mark's love of the Hudson Bay Trading Company and their passion for recapturing the pioneering sprit of a bygone era!! 

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Mark Hordon AKA 'Shark Designs':

Although Mark's passion for Bushcraft goes way back to his teenage years, he didn’t start Shark Designs until 2003. Mark's back ground was in Model Making and the Martial Arts. He decided to take a different direction one day and approached a prestigious 'Leather' company in London as an Apprentice, even though he was a bit old to be considered as an Apprentice,non the less his passion for Leather was born! 

Mark has often been asked why he called his company 'Shark Designs'. Sharks have been for millions of years & have survived as a species. He loves the elegant & fluid lines of the Shark. The Logo for Shark Designs was actually born long before the Company was. His passion is still very much for producing high quality, hand made leather items for the Bushcraft market and he states that his hand stitched items will test the length of time, rather like the Shark!

 Mark has now gone onto not only manufacturing Leather goods for other Retailers but also designing and making custom made leather pieces for personal customers.

 About Beaver Bushcraft & Shark Designs :

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  • Our hand-made, hand-stitched, high quality, leather goods include Bushcraft and heavy-duty work wear belts, for the armed forces, fire brigade, police force and other outdoor workers. Classically designed, stylish, casual wear belts that can be worn with jeans and chinos. We also make traditional and modern pouches and bags as well as custom sheaths for knives, axes and other equipment.For the last 4 years we have been making Leather Props and supplying Tradtional Tinderboxes and Fires Steels for the Film and TV industry.TV work includes '10'000 BC', 'National Geograhic','Sky', 'Big Brother' and Films we've been involved in include:Tom Cruise's ' Edge of Tomorrow, 'Jupiter Ascending', 'Cinderella',and more recently 'The Huntsman'.

We supply a comprehensive array of excellent Cutting and Sharpening tools, such as high quality leather Razor Strops, Japanese Water Stones and the most technological advance diamond and ceramic whetstones available.

We have special one and two day courses in all aspects of fire lighting, ranging from modern to traditional fire lighting techniques, fire pistons to ancient Pyrite and Flint, friction Hand-Bow fire set to friction matches; the course includes fire lighting materials and tools that you are able to keep and take home with you, to practice with, after the course has finished. More information about our courses to be launched soon.

All Shark Designs, handcrafted, Bushcraft, leather and fire lighting goods, have been made using only the best quality materials available and finished to the highest possible standards.

"Where quality speaks for itself!"