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Professor Ewan Clayton on why heritage crafts are important

No blog post from me today but I wanted to share Ewan Clayton’s inspirational speech from the Heritage Crafts Association forum at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Many folk found it incredibly thought provoking and asked for a transcript, thankfully we had a recorder running and Ewan gave permission for it to be published. I […]

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traditional crafts on BBC news

Nice article on the BBC news website today. Mr Wood gave up his job as a National Trust forester in 1995 to become a professional woodworker, making traditional bowls and plates from local timber using a foot-powered lathe. The last professional pole lathe bowl turner before him, George Lailey, died in 1958 without passing […]

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traditional crafts in papers and will there be another Mastercrafts series 2?

Tuesday the 23rd of March was a great day for traditional crafts. The Heritage Crafts Association finally had it’s official launch at the V&A and opened up it’s friends membership scheme and Jon Henley published a wonderful article in the Guardian’s G2 section. Jon has a deep understanding of the crafts and we were delighted […]

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Phil Harding, Mastercrafts mentors and Ewan Clayton help launch the HCA at the V&A

Phil Harding told us how pleased he was to be asked to speak not as an archaeologist or as a man off the telly but as a craftsman. He was speaking at the V&A as one of the country’s top flint knappers and as a passionate supporter of traditional craft skills. Most of the Mastercrafts […]

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Alastair Simms cooper in the press again

January 2009 saw a bunch of press articles about “the last master cooper”I put links to some on them in my blog post here.   There was clearly something about a craft which everyone had heard about being potentially endangered that struck a raw nerve and warranted a lot of news coverage, all good news for […]

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