Trevor Austen rakemaker

This for me is a very sad video, my friend Trevor Austen rakemaker filmed after the onset of motor nurone disease. Sad too because this viable business died and the workshop was broken up when he could no longer work. Trevor finally passed away on Christmas day.

Here are a few more articles about Trevor’s work.

Telegraph 2001

Museum of English Rural Life video

Trevor’s work was also recorded using a  Local Heritage Initiative grant. How sad that there was no money available to help pass the skills and machinery on to someone as a going concern.

One Response to Trevor Austen rakemaker

  1. Brian January 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Yes Robin its a real shame when these old skills are lost. Iv'e had the good fortune to work with skilled old sawyers and foresters! And I realise that an old and aging workforce with no apprentices. Is not the way to go but unless the powers that be reduce a working mans retirement age, and give more young people a chance .Even more skills will be gone forever .Nice video of a skilled man doing the job he loves:)