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Busy at the Trug Shop!

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It’s busy here at the Trug Shop! Today we have had orders on from UK, USA and Sweden and a customer in Guernsey asked if we can make it for Christmas, which we can! This week has seen dealer orders coming in the Europe as well to beat the brexit deadline (if it ever happens).…

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Well Done James!!

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I have just received some startlingly good news!! It’s not about our Trug Shop this time but the son of Jane Thomas who used to be our Export Sales Manager many moons ago Her son James is autistic and he developed a unique art of making lovely pictures from cut out bits of scratch card.…

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Autumn Woodland

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Caleb and I have been up to the woods this morning to meet a new woodsman. What a lovely day to go to an English Woodland with the sun shining and quite warm. As our current woods are on the top of a hill there was little water underfoot, just a few isolated puddles. Last…

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We Even Got It Right!

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Julie & Geoffrey from Australia wrote to tell us that their Trug had safely arrived and now enjoys pride of place in their home. Both are keen gardeners and they said “We appreciate how busy your team of craftsmen have been recently catching up with the many orders placed with you and the very fine…

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We Got It Wrong

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Sometimes we get it wrong and make a mistake.  Inadvertently we sent a Trug to Anna Love in the USA that was not up to standard.  Anna was, naturally, disappointed so we sent her another one free of charge when she sent us photos of her original Trug.     We are very sorry Anna and…

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Trug to South Africa

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On 19th October we sent a Trug to Mike Foxon in South Africa via DPD International.  Today we received confirmation of its safe arrival.  Mike is delighted with his Trug and has already put it to good use.  He said “Thank you for service beyond expectations” Yesterday we sent a parcel to the USA with…

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Worldwide Despatches

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Today we have sent Trugs to three trade customers and several consumers in U.K., Belgium, Italy and Denmark. Tomorrow we will be despatching to customers in Vermont and Massachusetts in the USA and one to Switzerland.

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Endangered Baskets Symposium

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On Saturday last week I attended an “Endangered Baskets Symposium” at the Museum of Rural Life at Reading University, organised by the Heritage Crafts Association and the Basketmakers’ Association, both of which I am a member.   Also present at the event was Anne Holden, the Prime Warden elect of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers…

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Trug Making Appreciation Course Early in 2020

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We are planning a Sussex Trug Appreciation Course over a weekend in the early part of 2020. It’s a two day course when students will how to cleave and shave sweet chestnut for the handles and rims before steaming and prepare willow for the boards. On the Sunday afternoon everyone will finish by making a…

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New Apprentice - Barney Garcia

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Barney Garcia joined our company on Monday of last week as First Year Apprentice and will be working under the direction of Caleb Pimm, our Craftsman Trug Maker. Barney joins our Second Year Apprentice, Mark Robinson, learning the skills necessary to make our famous Trugs. Barney is also a member of the Bodgers (bodgers.org.uk) so…

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