a busy week

The last week has been rather chaotic. Last Tuesday I drove to Norwich to set the lathe up ready for Norfolk Show on Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday I did the flint knapping with John Lord just south of Kings Lynn then camped overnight and headed off to London first thing Sunday for a Heritage Crafts […]

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flint knapping with John Lord

If you want to learn flint knapping in the UK there is no one more respected than John Lord. John teaches courses for various folks and demos around the country but by far the best way to do it is to go and work with him at his home in Norfolk. A friend and I […]

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Doug Fitch potter

I love nice pots, especially ones that you can use everyday in the kitchen. Yesterday we visited “Fire and Earth” an annual event at Rufford AbbeyThere were lots of nice pots to see and potters to chat with including a blogging friend Doug Fitch. I don’t have time to follow many other craftspeoples blogs but […]

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spoon and kuksa carving course

Last week we had a very enjoyable developers spooncarving course which turned into more of a kuksa carving course. After the first 2 days covering the basics of spoon design and carving spoons from crooks or bent pieces of wood to get a strong but light spoon I always offer a range of projects for […]

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shortlisted for artisan of the year award

I just heard that I have been shortlisted for the Balvenie/Country Living artisan of the year award. Some of the past winners can be seen on the Balvenie website here http://www.thebalvenie.com/en-gb/art_awards_interview.php There are some wonderful craftspeople represented there and the commitment and passion for their crafts shines out. Since starting to make quaiches a few […]

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traditional crafts debated in the House of Commons

At the Heritage Crafts Association we are delighted that less than six months from our formation we have seen the state of traditional crafts debated in the House of Commons with the Culture Minister answering questions. Speaking at an adjournment debate on Traditional Crafts in the House of Commons this Thursday Barbara Follett said: “We […]

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a few thoughts from the world of folk music

I just came across this rather nice article written in respect of folk music but change a few names and it could equally well apply to traditional crafts. “In 1931 H.G. Wells wrote “In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time-lag of fifty years or a century, intervening between the perception that […]

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Techné

Just came across this from a design conference Nicola attended in Barcelona in 2003, I liked it and thought I would share it. “Techné is Greek for “craft” and “art” and is the term that Aristotle used in theorising knowledge, to refer to the third form of knowledge in his classification of sciences. Now understood […]

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