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250 year old birch bark canoe found in Cornwall

National Maritime Museum Cornwall and one of the oldest, and most influential families, in Cornwall are working together to conserve possibly the oldest Birch Bark Canoe in existence. Estimated to be over 250 years old, the canoe has been discovered on the Enys Estate near Penryn, housed in one of the Enys family’s barns.    […]

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Winter in Edale

On the way to the workshop this morning I took a quick diversion up Mam Tor (it means “mother hill” and is an iron age hill fort) It is a 2 minute diversion and the view is quite stunning, my workshop is at the far end of the valley toward the left, last building at […]

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snow

It’s unusual for us to get much snow this early but it has been around a few days now. Road outside the house.  Main road to Edale down to one lane.  Snowy workshop  Nice view, tools covered to stop snow drifting in and rusting them.  drying bowls  and plates  Big drifts on the road to […]

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Last of the summer wine

 This is Little Langdale in the lake district.  Last weekend I spent a bit of time there with my dad, uncle and cousin.  I simply love the weather we are having, crisp cold, deep frost but still air and dry. A light snowfall to make the landscape pretty.  This is slaters bridge a very simple […]

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Crafts are valuable parts of our our Heritage

Meet John Penrose MP for Weston-super-Mare and minister for Heritage and Tourism. Following our meeting last week John Penrose has sent us the following message of support. “ The Heritage Crafts Association has brought together a fine range of different living crafts which are valuable parts of our heritage. The Association’s commitment to supporting small […]

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special Christmas present?

Do you know anyone that sews or does embroidery and apreciates lovely handmade things?Then how about these for a gorgeous Christmas present. Hand made in Sheffield gold plated and they work perfectly. They come in a leather sheath and presentation box delivered to your door for just £20 which I think is a bit of […]

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more craft videos

This time signwriting canal boat style and on a nice old Morris van And Saville row tailors trying to protect their name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFPHW_mIcmo and last one spinning and dyeing in Peru

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Kevin McCloud loves Craftsmanship

Kevin McCloud is well known as the TV presenter of the “Grand Designs” program which makes him very influential in forming popular opinion. It was great to hear then that he was going to speak on “value and craftsmanship” urging people to ” rediscover the unfashionable value of craftsmanship – it is the only way […]

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