great film on simple living

Here is a wonderful film. I am so excited by the 21st century we can use the most amazing technology to find and link up with folks around the world with an interest in simple technologies. Great film making and ace music too. Yoav bought a porringer off me a month ago, if I am […]

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handmade philosophy

Each year around this time we get a load of stuff shared on facebook suggesting we buy local, craftsman made etc. All worthy enough but this year I really liked this one. The sad thing is that it is being widely shared without any credit to either the person that penned the words or whoever […]

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Edale landscape, morning run pics

    I Love Edale at this time of year. The colours are wonderful, the sun low in the sky makes everything look wonderful and sunrise is late enough for me to see it. Better still when you go for a walk or morning run up the hill there are hardly any tourists about, this […]

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China street life

My stay in China was very brief just 6 days but 6am every morning I was up (jet lag) and walking the streets. This was my favourite place for breakfast, the street food is amazing and cheap, clearly many people eat on the street rather than at home. The bamboo steamers are full of steamed bread/dumpling […]

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China a craftsman’s view

I was delighted to be asked to represent the UK at the International FolkCrafts expo in Gizhou province China. This was a celebration of global folk culture on a scale that is simply not imaginable in Europe. It was organised by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and The International Organisation of Folk Art IOV a very […]

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The Old Art and Craft Debate

This is an essay I wrote over ten years ago for Turning Points the journal of the wood turning center (now renamed center for wood art) in the USA vol 16 2003. I think some may find it an interesting read and I am prompted to share it by my friend Jarrod writing about art […]

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bowl turning on BBCs Tudor Monastery Farm

Wednesday 9pm sees the start of the new series of Tudor Monastery Farm and the first craft they cover with will be bowl turning. They filmed at my workshop in the spring when Ruth Goodman and the team visited my workshop and I turned some Tudor style dishes for them. Most of the series is […]

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