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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 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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Bronze Age boatbuild on Time Team

Back in 2012 I was involved in a great project working for three months with bronze tools to create a half scale replica of the Dover boat. It was all filmed by Time Team and now 2 years later the program is finally ready to air. It goes out this Sunday 8pm on Chanel 4. […]

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this makes me happy

I was sent this gorgeous turned wooden artefact by a friend who deals in Chinese antiques. For much of it’s life it was a lunch box. It tells me much about the Chinese that a vessel of such small capacity serves for lunch. They are apparently filled with a ball of rice and taken out […]

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Five ways to wellbeing

I think a lot about what makes a good life, what makes people happy and fulfilled. Tom Bartlett just brought this great summary to my attention. Contrary to what the media and advertisers would have us believe happiness is definitely not related to the amount of money or stuff we have. As a wise man […]

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