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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Crowhurst Horticultural Society Talk

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Last night Caleb and I undertook a talk with demonstration to a lively meeting of the Crowhurst Horticultural Society near Battle. We travelled down a nice narrow country lane to the village of Crowhurst after having some lovely chips, pie and sausages from the Willow Chip Shop in Herstmonceux, so were ready for our evening…

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Work/Life Balance

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