The handkrafting campervan process​

"Our passion is to reclaim materials where possible. Most of the wood we use in our conversions is ‘old’ which means it's light - one of the things that make our conversions cosy and practical with a rustic feel."


"Every project, every campervan, and every van owner is unique, so we work with everyone on a one-to-one to design a conversion that's completely bespoke. Having been full-time van dwellers ourselves we've come to know what works and what doesn’t. Our experience converting vans has taught us that if the design process is done properly then the build will be straightforward, so layouts and designs are hand-drawn (and re-drawn!) using a scale ruler until you're happy with what we've created together."


"We spend time giving life back to beautiful salvaged planks of wood and relishing in the process of watching wood come back to life again."


"We believe that cosy, rustic, unique, bespoke and practical aren't mutually exclusive. It's part of our passion to integrate the old with the new, the rustic with the precise, and the cosy with the practical.

More than anything, it's you and your van that inspires us. We love being along for the ride and listening to what you need, want, and where you're planning to go - this helps fuel the design process more than anything!"

“As soon as I saw you, I knew adventure was going to happen”

- Winnie the Pooh

The handkrafted far!

Issey and Shelly met in 2010 through friends in the bright, beautiful city of Bristol and have been almost inseparable ever since.

Shelly came to Bristol to visit some friends and never left. She's the third generation in a family of carpenters and still uses some of her Grandfathers tools in the workshop and learnt almost everything she knows how from her Dad. Shelly loves the design process, is a precision thinker and in her spare time loves a game of squash, playing the guitar and reading a crime novel.

Issey came to Bristol to study and stayed after she dropped out to pursue her passion to become a massage therapist and bodyworker. Issey's Dad helped with their first-ever van conversion, Joy the Bus, and has since been an extended member of the team with his nose to the ground for any materials waiting to be reclaimed going spare!

Issey and Shelly moved to Portugal for two years to travel, live, work and explore in their bus but eventually felt the pull of Bristol. Returning with the newest member of their family - Kika their beautiful rescue pup - and their purpose, Handkrafted Campers came to life.

Let's get you on the road!

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