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off to build a Viking longboat

I have just booked plane tickets to Oslo to help build a Viking longboat. Not just any longboat mind you this is a full size replica of the Oseberg boat, the most iconic surviving Viking ship. The original is in the gorgeous Viking boat museum at Oslo and I visited in 2004. The boat, the […]

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Barbara Hepworth sculpture

A simple blog post to share pictures of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture, some were taken at the major centenary exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture park in 2003, others were taken last week at the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. My favourite of all is “pelagos” This is the all new Hepworth Gallery on the banks of the […]

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Grayson Perry Art and Craft

As the only person working in a craft medium to be taken seriously by the art world and having won the Turner Prize Grayson Perry is often outspoken, entertaining and thought provoking. He famously said the Art world found it easier to accept the fact that he was a transvestite than that he made pots. […]

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spooncarvers at play

What do professional spooncarvers do for fun? This is Fritiof Runhall one of the very few professional spooncarvers in Sweden. In between teaching 2 masterclasses in Edale we had a few days off with glorious weather. First priority was getting up the hill to enjoy the scenery.  This was 1st of October and it was […]

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UK Parliamentary Group recommend my work

The all Part Parliamentary Manufacturing Group is an initiative of Vince Cable to highlight the great manufacturing that still goes on in the UK. Each MP is asked to recommend local manufacturers that we can be proud of.I am delighted that my MP Andrew Bingham has recommended not only myself but fellow craft business Hill […]

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a lovely little gem of a craft book

I want to share a little gem of a book and you can be one of the first to own it as it is hot off the eco press. Most craft books start by selecting the best, the last, the most famous craftspeople in each trade, this produces a particular type of book that has […]

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