Website admin help needed

My new website is just over a year old. When I was looking at the redesign I asked for offers of help through the blog and I am delighted with the results. Tom who did the original design for me is too busy in his day job as senior web architect at the BBC to […]

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Countryfile BBC TV tomorrow

A couple of weeks ago I took my lathe to Acton Scott the place where Victorian Farm series was filmed to film for a special episode of Countryfile which will all be about traditional crafts. Ellie had a go at making a plate on the lathe. The program will also feature my friend Adrian Legge […]

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The last lacrosse stickmaker

I care passionately about traditional crafts but had no idea that anyone in the UK still made wooden lacrosse sticks. It turns out Tom Becket, just over the hill from me in Eccles has been making them for 50 years.    The BBC reported last week  that Tom will retire at the end of the year […]

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new spoons and old spoons

Today I am sending off a set of cherry eating spoons. This Galician spoon has been my favourite style eating spoon since I was inspired by an old spoon in  a museum in Spain 5 years ago. and these spoons I posted last week. They were made for the new Stone Henge visitor centre and […]

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New glasses made in England

As a craftsman I care about how and where things are made. I like quality, I like to know a bit of the story about the stuff in my life, I like things that last. When it came time for new glasses there was only one option really and that was Savile Row Eyewear. This […]

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Incredible glass workers film

This film has some of the most amazing handwork I have ever seen. Filmed in India in 1971 it shows handwork in large glass factories. The skill level, the amazing flow of bodies around the factory all carrying hot glass, the total internalisation of skill so that they can work three pieces of hot glass […]

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The clogmaker’s apprentice

Jeremy Atkinson is the last clogmaker in England making all his clog soles in the traditional way with three traditional clog knives, the blocker, hollower and gripper. The razor sharp knives have a handle nearly three feet long which generates huge leverage and control allowing him to carve the fresh wood into clog soles. Here […]

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