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 […]
Here is a new film about Clive Bowen one of Britain’s greatest living potters, enjoy.
This film is an absolute gem. On the surface it is quite simply about the making of ballet shoes but it goes so much deeper. The deep and passionate relationship through an object that links a hard working maker to the ethereal world of the ballet.
Five years ago I blogged about ladder making. I had been contacted by Stanley Clarke who left school and became an apprentice ladder maker aged 14 in 1954. At the time I said “I am going to look into various sources to see if there is any way we can find some funding to spend […]
At Taljfest all the top woodworkers from Scandinavia were gathered and for me there was one that stood out. The woodwork of Anja Sundberg is a complete breath of fresh air. Have a look at the pics and you’ll see great simple ideas but all executed with an eye for detail which just brings everything […]
This festival was a packed 3 days and there was so much to see. These pics are just a few of my favourite things. This is Beth Moen bowlcarver, main teacher on the woodworking course at Saterglantan and with Jogge Sundqvist organiser of Taljfest. Her bowls are great. now here we have three grand masters […]
Well where do I start with this one? I just processed and sorted images from Tajfest the carving festival I taught at in August at the national folk craft school in Sweden. The next couple of blog posts will be mostly images of the things i found inspirational. Much of the focus of the event […]
What you may ask is a shrink pot? Well it’s an old method of making wooden tubs by hollowing a log out then fitting a base. The ingenious thing is if you hollow the log out whilst it is green, cut a groove for the base to fit and put a loosely fitting dry base […]
Here are a few pictures from Elvaston woodland festival, some of the best craftspeople in the country were there. Owen Jones swill basketmaker probably the craftsperson I most admire, everything about what he does is simply fantastic. website John Lord flint knapper I spent a […]
yesterday I picked up my new boots from William Lennon and son. Well I picked them up from Libs, William Lennon’s great grand daughter actually. I am really pleased with them. They feel a perfect match for my made in Wales Hiut jeans. Both are stiff and tough and will take a while to wear […]