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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair - Bank Holiday Weekend

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Once again it is time for us to go to lovely Dorset and attend the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair.  The Great Dorset Steam Fair has moved it’s date to the bank holiday weekend but there is no comparison as the Oak Fair is a leisurely event focused on wood in all its forms. Walk along…

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Dave's Trug Update

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The other day I put up a photo of Dave’s Trug which he had inherited from his grandparents. Our friend and local Trug maker, Richard Bingham, has advised me that Dave’s Trug was made at the Rich Brothers’ Workshop in East Hoathly. Rich’s closed their doors in East Hoathly several years ago and the business…

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Another Successful Course

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Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th August we ran our second Trug Making Appreciation Course at the Weald & Downland Living Museum.  We had a full class of really lovely people who thoroughly enjoyed making their Trugs.  We run two courses at Singleton every year and all are fully subscribed so it is really interesting…

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Trugs Disappear in Bermuda Triangle!

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I said on Tuesday how Trugs are funny things but, to be honest, it’s more the people who buy them!  There’s a famous Triangle in the South Atlantic where aeroplanes and boats disappear and there have been a lot of Trugs disappearing down that way in recent years too!  We have a slightly obsessed lady…

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Trugs are Funny Things

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Yes, Trugs are funny things, inanimate but capable of creating a lot of emotion in folk.  Take Dave who found an old Trug in his grand parents’ potting shed.  He wrote to ask if it was one of ours and when it had been made, as there were no markings on the bottom of the…

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Workshop Trug Making Course

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Last weekend we held a Trug Making Appreciation Course at our workshops with six eager students.  This is the first time we have held a full course here as we normally hold these courses in conjunction with the Weald and Downland Living Museum.  We had six students who all came from the South East of…

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I’M STARTING FROM SCRATCH!

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Over the years there have been a lot of people who have worked in our company making and promoting genuine Sussex Trugs and one was Jane Thomas who worked in our sales department when we were in Herstmonceux.  Jane speaks fluent French and German and first class Italian and Spanish.  When she left us she…

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And, next week in Sussex at our workshop...........

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We will be running our first full Trug making Appreciation Course here at Magham Down next week over the weekend. It will be an interesting weekend and we have a Japanese lady attending! Chris, my son, Caleb, my senior apprentice, and I will be running the course and we are all looking forward to it!…

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And, today in Sussex.......................

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It has been raining! We’re short of chestnut and willow and chasing round trying to find some to fulfil an order for some customers in Dubai who have ordered 80 Trugs. We’ve found lots of sweet chestnut for felling in the autumn and two of our woodsmen have promised chestnut for next week! Panic over!

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And......yesterday from Germany.........

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As well as our two friends from Munich we had a visit from an English lady and her American husband who live in Germany near Frankfurt and they bought a Trug for the husband’s birthday, which was yesterday.  Well, we will be going to Gartenfest in Langen for the Prinz von Hessen in September and…

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