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Basketry Weekend at Weald & Downland Museum

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  Come and join Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop at the Basketry Weekend being held at the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton near Chichester this weekend. Also there will be the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, which is over 600 years old now and of which Robin is a Yeoman Member. We will be in…

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Mantel Farm Trug Making Course

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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

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It’s almost time for us to get our demonstration equipment and stock of Trugs ready again for the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair which takes place over the August Bank Holiday near Sturminster Newton.  We will be in our normal place at the end of Oak Avenue so please do come and see us!! https://www.theoakfair.com/  

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Basketry Weekend in September

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There is a Basketry Weekend coming up on 3rd and 4th September at the Weald & Downland Living Museum. My apprentice Lewis Fuller and I will be there demonstrating and talking about our Trugs. Come and join us and the other basketmakers!! https://www.wealddown.co.uk/events/woven-through-time/

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Bryn Potter's Basket Blog in the USA

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  Following on from my recent post about the Duchess of Cornwall using one of our trugs I have been contacted by Bryn Potter from California, USA who has written a very interesting blog about us and our lovely Trugs! You can find it here  https://brynbasketblog.blogspot.com/2022/

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Trug Availability.

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Our South Down Contemporary Trugs are made using Russian and Finnish birch plywood.  As a result of the Ukraine war the Russian 4mm plywood that we use for the handles and rims of these Trugs is no longer available to us.  The boards are made from Finnish birch and Latvia also makes birch plywood.  However,…

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BBC Bargain Hunt

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We are very pleased to be able to let you know that we will be featured in the BBC Bargain Hunt programme that airs on BBC 1 in the UK on Friday 1st July at U.K. lunchtime 12.15pm.  If you are watching in Wales then the timing may change to 11.45 to 12.30pm so keep…

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South of England Show

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From Friday this week we will be at the South of England Show in Ardingly, West Sussex. The show lasts for three days and we will be on Stand F3 so why not visit us if you are going to the show? Luke Hollebon will be demonstrating on Friday and Lewis Fuller will be demonstrating…

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Exciting New Show

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      There’s a new and exciting addition to our show list this year! We are exhibiting at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show in Woodstock, Oxfordshire at the end of this month. Come see us there from 24th – 26th June. https://www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/flower-show/  

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Weald & Downland Living Museum Course

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Good course at the Weald & Downland Living Museum last weekend! Unfortunately one of the students was unable to attend due to illness but the other seven students produced an exceptionally good Trug each. Well done to them and to Chris and Caleb for making such a good job teaching them. Some photos of our…

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