last sievemaker in the Guardian

Jon Henley’s article on Mike Turnock the last sievemaker is in the guardian today and online here.

As always it is a really nicely written article and there will be a slide show showing all the processes of making a sieve on Tuesday next week, I’ll add a link when it is up. The photo of Mike is not very flattering though.


Jon and I visited Mike just short of a year after my first visit, see this blog post for lots of pictures of Mike’s workshop.
http://greenwood-carving.blogspot.com/2008/12/need-for-traditional-crafts.html

That visit was the very first step towards creating the Heritage Crafts Association and it is difficult to believe how far we have come in a year. When we visited last year it looked certain that Mike would be the last sievemaker, through the HCAs work his business has had a lot of publicity both locally and nationally including being discussed in the House of Commons. The good news is that he now has a few folk interested in taking the business on when he retires and has even had a potential trainee up to make a sieve. Perhaps this could be the first craft that HCA has helped save from the brink of extinction.

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