I thank you very much for the indeed lovely, pure and historic Sussex Trug No.6. The solid box arrived a few days ago, and the trug is welcomed here. It will be our 70-years birthday present to our friend, who is taking lovely care of our garden. I will of course include the history of Mr. Smith’s Trug – after doing a copy to ourself to keep. It is very interesting, as we have a No.6 and a larger fireside trug in constant use for years.
At the same time I should tell you that my husband, our two children and I visited your then trug workshop in the mid 70-ties in Herstmonceux. The (then) children were invited to climb in the chips (shavings), and we purchased a few trugs to bring home to Denmark from our holiday on the outskirts of Hastings .
A few years later I started a modest trade with handicraft……..and the first items I imported was Sussex Trugs from Thomas Smith’s Trugs. The Queen of Denmark was gifted with one item from the Old Town Museum in Aarhus when visiting the museum.
So you see it is an old love and admiration we feel about this genuine, perfect made British quality. Perfect in shape, design and handicraft making. It is wonderful to learn that you are exporting 40% of your production – and that you are successful in carrying on the traditional of this handicraft. We are looking so much forward to gift our friend with your trug.
‒ Karen Doessing