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Robin Wood at Haddon Hall 20 year show

Medieval inspired woodwork displayed in the most perfect medieval house. 2015 marks 20 years that I have been a professional woodworker. To celebrate I have been offered a very special opportunity to show my work in the most perfect environment. Haddon Hall in Derbyshire is a simply incredible survival, a medieval manor house with the best […]

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Heritage Crafts Association is 5 years old

Back in December 2008 I first blogged about the need for a traditional crafts organisation. The Government funded Crafts Council has a limited remit for the “innovative contemporary” crafts leaving all of those of us making traditional functional work with no support or promotion at all. So it was that six years ago we had the first […]

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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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