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I loved them before I put them on, actually when I put them on at first I wasn't sure because they are very stiff, like jeans used to be, very tough, hard wearing and made to last. I am sure most folk would be horrified at the price but it is possible to pay more for naff designer label jeans. My last jeans were made by howies from tough thick organic cotton. They lasted 5 years. If these jeans do the same and I am sure they will they will cost less than £25 a year so they are good value. Why not treat yourself and wear your clothing with an easy conscience. see the story here http://hiutdenim.co.uk/
I can't wait for my boots to be ready they will go so well with my new jeans.
You can see more of Sharif's work on his blog here
And this one feels even more dated I grew up watching this stuff, the Generation game from 1974, with my mate Stuart King doing chairmaking unbelievable that Bruce Forsythe is still presenting today.
Lots of folk understand handwork and there are a few academics who study it and write about it but I think Trevor is perhaps unique in his depth of understanding of both worlds. This is great as it stretches my thoughts about what I do in the workshop and it also gives those of us who work with our hands more credibility. I know that there are not many dim craftspeople but the level of intelligence that is required to be really good is not often understood from the outside.
Incidentally the title of the blog post is a tribute to Doug Stowe who blogs prolifically on the value of handwork and I am sure will love the film.
I have a budget for the job but would love to find someone who has the skills I need and is also interested in craft (though that's not essential)
I have a website, a bunch of gallery pages on a blog site and this blog and need to pull them together in a more cohesive package that is easier for folk to find their way around, and more to the point find their way to the gallery to buy bowls. I have prepared a brief giving details of what I am after and would be happy to share and discuss it with anyone who would be interested in quoting for the job.
I need someone who can help set up a clean simple template and import the content from the various sites. I can edit so long as it is simple. I am thinking probably wordpress is the way to go. I also need the back end to be sorted with all the links redirecting so that folk with links to pages don't loose them.
These are a few of the sites I like
So if you are still reading maybe you have web design skills and like my work? I am happy to pay in money bowls or both let's talk. send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
You'll have to visit the BBC site to see it, I hope it works outside the UK too here is the link
This 10 minute film was made to celebrate the craft skills awards, it includes film from the finalists workshops with their insights into why they do what they do and what it means to work in craft. The awards judges (I was one) also add their thoughts, I think all together it gives a good overview of what it means to work in craft. I love the comment from Cowley's "There are more astronauts walking about that parchment makers."
After adzing we follow up with the gouge
Jojo using the Hans Karlsson dog leg gouge, again a good wide stance with the weight of the body pushing the tool.
Phil Gregson Wheelwright
This one with the lid was a serious weight when on the lathe, the square sides cut very inefficiently from the tree and mean that I can't get bowls out of the middle as a nest too so all in all they took far more work that I had anticipated. It is always interesting to make replicas of important pieces though and a learning experience. I made them on my pole lathe, in my book I discus the different types of lathes that could have been available in the Iron Age, I think it most likely they were turned not on a pole lathe but a two person strap lathe.
Our town is going to make jeans again
"Tan waxy leather sole boot" I love that the Lennon's website quotes prices including vat and delivery and a pair of these tough stylish made in England boots costs just £150 delivered. They are apparently all the rage in Japan and with tweedy city folk, I am definitely a new fan.
mens traditional Derby boot
Folk may have read doom-laden reports in the press about ash die back disease and how all our ash trees are going to die.
I have known Ruth Goodman for many years from doing demonstrations for The Mary Rose Trust, Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust and others. She and husband Mark run the Tudor Group one of the best historical re enactment/interpretation societies. The crew were a great fun team too, I guess you have to be when you work such long hard hours together. On the day filming with me they had a 4 1/2 hour drive, 5 hours filming then 4 1/2 hours back home. Anyway here are some snaps of the day. The whole thing is made on a remarkably tight budget and what has made it a hit is the passion and dedication of the small team involved. In a world of reality TV programes and competitive game shows it is a breath of fresh air.
I absolutely loved it at the time and now I love it all the more and this is why. I just found the facebook page for Marquese Scott and there are lots of similar vids, many of them low budget jobs from a couple of years ago but also a great interview with him which just says lots about how to get good at anything.
So what kept you dancing?
"Just the passion. Like the love for it that I felt when I was out there dancing. Like most people they would dance and if it doesn't pick up for them in like a couple of years they will loose interest because they are not gaining fruits from it you know, but I loved ir so much that I just stuck with it. It's like forget what everybody has to say you know you just got to follow your dreams and it's gonna happen one day you know"
So Marqueez do you have anything to say to future dancers right now? anyone who really looks up to you?
"I would have to say like I have been doing this for 18 years cos I was 12 years old, and it's not going to come overnight you have to stick with it. So what I would say to everybody is if you love it and its a passion, no matter what it is, it could be dance, it could be art. it could be music, whatever it is just stick with it and if you do it long enough and you get good at it success will come, you know what I am saying? so just stick with it....dedication, that's what I have to tell you guys."
here's the interview
and one more bit of dance
The message to me is do it for the passion, do it lots and keep doing it, do it for the love of doing it. That is the only thing that will keep you going for the years it takes to get really good at anything. Most people who get good at most things get little recognition or financial payback for it anyway so don't hope for or expect those things, if you genuinely love what you do that is reward enough.
HCA patron and chairman of Gieves and Hawkes Mark Henderson, his new venture is "The New Craftsmen" he is visiting and sourcing great british craftwork.
My mission was to sell him on the idea that eating from woodware is a luxury experience. I always find it a hard sell if I only have the work with me, if I can sit people at a dinner table and feed them a meal from wood everyone is instantly convinced.
Next up two mazers completed this week for commissions, both heading for the USA. Both are made from burr maple from Hatfield Forest. This first one I think is a stunner, sometimes a piece just works better than you could ever hope, I will be sad to part with it.
Last up a special big bowl with a frill. I made a few of these about ten years ago and I don't know why I have not made them since, I like the design. It was originally inspired by medieval vessels I saw on a visit in 1998 from excavations at the Russian city of Novgorod though I have since seen more recent bowls with the frill from around the Baltic, particularly in Sweden. A big bowl like this takes about 2 months to dry and then will eventually find it's way on to my gallery pages.
The Metalsmith from Dan McComb on Vimeo.
The first film was shared with me by Ford Hallam who I first discovered a couple of years ago through seeing this next video online, his workmanship is outstanding. It's longer than most youtubes but stick with it I think you will find it worthwhile.
And this is the second part of Ford's film