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stained glass courses in London

Looking for an interesting way to spend the weekend? an unusual gift? or to learn a new skill? Some folk will have seen my friend Sophie Hussain as the tutor on Monty Don’s BBC Mastercrafts program last year. Now you have the chance to learn the skill yourself. Sophie is offering 2 day weekend courses […]

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interesting wasp behaviour

3 nights ago a badger dug out a wasps nest alongside my woodstore. The nest had clearly been considerably larger than a football and all the comb and grubs were gone leaving only half the outer paper shell. The remaining worker wasps were clustered around on this having nowhere else to go. The thing that […]

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80 percent of success is just showing up

Today I am cutting winter firewood in the Derbyshire hills, tomorrow I’ll be at Clarance House, home of HRH The Prince of Wales, Tuesday at Department of Culture Media and Sport DCMS all to support traditional crafts skills. First meeting at Clarance House is with Emily Cherrington. Emily is Assistant Private Secretary to The Prince […]

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good news for supporters of living heritage.

Richmond dock was built at Appledore on the mouth of the River Torridge in 1856 and was said to have been the largest dry dock in all the Bristol Channel ports at that time. By the early nineteenth century much of the timber for shipbuilding in Britain was being imported from North America, the traditional […]

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Art in Action

Last weekend I attended Art in Action a most wonderful show near Oxford. We were offered a free HCA stand after the organisers attended our spring conference at the V&A, we had the usual range of traditional craft items on display with voluntary staff telling visitors the stories behind how they were made. I also […]

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please send a quick message to your MP

The Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group is being spearheaded by Vince Cable  It has been designed to celebrate the UK’s manufacturing sector by asking MPs to nominate a product made in their constituency – with the ultimate aim of producing an ‘Great Exhibition’ showcasing these products. It would be really nice if some of those products […]

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ministers support for crafts

Yesterday I was in Westminster again for a meeting with John Hayes the skills minister.It is difficult to put into words how positive things are for traditional crafts at the moment. After years of being the poor relation to the innovative artistic end of the craft spectrum it seems things are really changing. The ministers […]

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arty boll***s generator

For us traditional crafts people it is always difficult when it comes to applying for any grant, award scheme or whatever. The simple fact is innovative cutting edge work gets all the support, in the words of Kim Evans past director of the Arts Council… “You are correct in your analysis of support for innovative […]

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