“The Beast”

The people –

The “beast” is a rather foolish name refering to the works of my parner and myslef (Julian Fincham).

The name –

I wouldnt choose the name now, but ive used it, in some connotation or other, for the past 20+ years, so its hard to change now. A lot of my early work was on the roland tr-606, and the name comes from that, eluding to the pursuite of perfection, rather than out of worship of any entitiy or otherwise.

But, yes, maybe somthing a little more mainstream would be more apropriate now!

The location –

We work out of a small workshop in rural Devon, in the United Kingdom. Virtually ever process required in the products of our own that we sell is performed on site, by us.

          • We take deliveries of 8×4 sheets of metal, and send out custom machined panels.

          • We buy rough sawn timber, grown locally, and send out beautiful cases.

          • We buy emulsion and inks, expose silk screens on site, and make custom prints. 

          • We buy fabrics on the roll and my partner (whom, in another life, was a costume designer in London’s West end) makes fabulous carry cases.

The only process that we do not perform in-house is the CNC folding and the laser cutting of ferrous used in some of our enclosures. This is performed by a firm in our nearest town.

The ethics –

In todays world its hard to have no impact, but we try and minimise our cost to the future.

The machinery used in the production of these parts is powered almost entirely by solar power. Even the workshop here has 2kw of panels on its roof. Additional power is purchased from the grid from companies that only buy from renewable sources.

Julian has a long history with biofuels. A corner of the workshop houses ex-jam factory pressure vessels. Rather like the mk2 DeLorean in back to the future, the heating here runs on kitchen cast offs.

We try to conduct our business in a similarly responsible manor, believing that there are more important things than making a buck off someone else’s back, be it a through poorly weighted transaction with a customer, or the lack of recognition of a developer.