wonderful old axe forging film

I love axes, I love to see them forged and I love the sort of ingenious technology that people came up with in the late nineteenth early twentieth century. It feels to me there was a sweet spot in technology that involved a lot of skill in the maker before full mechanisation removed most of […]

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More bronze age boatbuilding

Folk who followed my bronze age boatbuilding last year may enjoy this update. We built the boat as the centrepiece of a traveling Bronze Age exhibition. The boat has now spent 6 months in France, 6 months in Belgium and come home. Now it was time to take it apart, put it back together whilst […]

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The Little Book of Craftivism

This delightful little book was published last week. For those that don’t know craftivism is a mixture of craft and activism. Craftivists get together and do stuff to raise awareness about issues and attempt to change the world for the better. The link between craft and campaigning for a better world is long perhaps Gandhi […]

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shrink pots

What you may ask is a shrink pot? Well it’s an old method of making wooden tubs by hollowing a log out then fitting a base. The ingenious thing is if you hollow the log out whilst it is green, cut a groove for the base to fit and put a loosely fitting dry base […]

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SPOONFEST films

SPOONFEST is one of the highlights of my year. It is a wonderful gathering of 250 people from 11 countries all sharing the love of carved wooden spoons. That is on the surface but underneath there is something deeper, a shared enjoyment of a slightly silly, simple, meaningful life with chatting and music round the […]

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