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International Trades Education Symposium

Last week I attended the International Trades Education Symposium at Lincoln. This is run by a US based organisation the Preservation Trades Network a group of primarily hands on, but still intellectually active, tradespeople and educators. Every other year they hold a symposium and ever 4 years it travels outside the US, lucky for me […]

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Lincoln Cathedral

‎’I have always held and am prepared against all evidence to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have’. (John Ruskin 1819-1900) I spent last weekend at Lincoln, the first time I have […]

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Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman

‘This is a memorial to all the anonymous craftsmen that over the centuries have fashioned the manmade wonders of the world…The craftsman’s anonymity I find especially resonant in an age of the celebrity artist.’ It’s not often I look forward to a big London show by a turner prize winning artist but there is a […]

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John Hayes on support for heritage crafts.

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Times; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } For those that were not at the HCA skills forum at Chelsea College last Wednesday, or for those that were and would like a transcript, this is John Hayes speech. We felt it was enormously positive, at last […]

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Invite to important free craft skills event

The Heritage Crafts Association have been working with Government to highlight some of the issues facing craftspeople in the UK. The Skills minister John Hayes and his officials have been very receptive. HCA have now organised a craft skills forum where craftspeople of all different disciplines can come together to discuss issues facing the sector […]

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Lake District

A none wood, non craft post. This is more about me trying to balance life out a bit as an antidote to too much time recently at the computer. Friday night my friend Chris and I drove up to the Lake District fish and chip dinner in Windermere then set off up the hill in […]

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