Stanage Edge is a world famous climbing spot just outside Sheffield. I rarely go there because it is busy I like to find wild moorland with few people but it is stunning. Here are a few phone snaps I took on a walk yesterday.
Which is more important speaking and writing or making? I just listened to a fascinating interview with prof Mark Miodownik of UCLs institute of making on BBC radio 4 “The life Scientific”. “You can change whom makes the stuff that you use and who’s expression it is. Is it the expression of a big corporation? […]
My talented daughter Jojo has spoons for sale on her blog. They are I have to admit better than mine.
Crispin is working with me this month as part of his Prince’s Foundation building craft apprenticeship In his previous career he was a product photographer, a chance I could not pass up so not only has he been taking some great product shots for me he has been showing me how he does it too. […]
A short blog post in honour of John Ruskin’s birthday. Ruskin’s writing have been a major influence on my own philosophy both directly and indirectly through Gandhi and Morris. The work that has most influenced me is The Nature of Gothic, from the Stones of Venice here is a sample quote. “We want one man […]
Jon Henley writes for the Guardian, his writing is a craft in itself, he is a notebook and shorthand man not a blackberry/iphone/google journalist. He is also a passionate advocate for the crafts and trades and I would love to share some of his choice pieces of writing. I first met him when he started […]
Here is a preview of great article on spooncarving by my friend Jon Henley meeting my other friend Barn Carder coming out this Saturday in the Guardian. “You risk – there’s no getting around it – a bit of a ribbing when you say you’re going to learn to carve a wooden spoon. […]
I often get asked if I take on apprentices. On the whole I am willing to share my skills so long as those that come to learn can find a way to make it work so that they are not a net drain on my business, which actually isn’t easy. Crispin will be working with […]
I love my job. I make useful things that people get pleasure from using. Yesterday was spent making spoon carving knives, some would consider it boring repetitive work, putting an identical 20 degree bend in 750 blades. I get pleasure out of setting everything up so that it works efficiently, smoothly, precisely, with little stress […]
It is hard to know how to do justice to this book in just a few words. The book is the product of 11 years meticulous research by Tanya Harrod, possibly the best writer commentating on the craft field today. Michael Cardew is a seminal figure in 20th century craft and a torch bearer for a […]