glowing mazers

I have just been finishing off some mazers for English Heritage, they are for new displays at Dover Castle. They are turned quite thin from maple and when I oiled them and sat them on the table I noticed the sunlight shining through them as if they were glowing. The rims have been decorated with […]

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spooncarving courses

I have just been reviewing course bookings for the year and am delighted to see that our developers courses are filling up rapidly with folk wanting to come back after doing a foundation course last year. Our June developers course has only 1 place left and October is already half full. I have always said […]

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My bowls are “Best in Show”

Last weekend was spent camping at Cusworth Hall near Doncaster. It was the agm of the association of pole lathe turners and green woodworkers. At this annual event I run the workshop area where various people teach 40 minute taster sessions on green wood crafts, I also teach basic knife and axe carving sessions. All […]

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The Times article on rural crafts

This excellent article was published in the Times on SaturdayGardeners turning to the rural craftsmen to sweep away gloom by Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor The worst recession in 60 years might have hit the City hard, but the world of traditional country crafts is enjoying something of a boom.Across Britain craftsmen who have been honing […]

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Closure of the Textile Conservation Centre

The Textile Conservation Centre was founded in 1975 by Karen Finch OBE and was based at Hampton Court Palace for nearly 25 years. It is of international importance having trained over half of the textile conservators working in the world today. In 1998 the Centre merged with the University of Southampton, one of the UK’s […]

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