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From bodger to broomsquire - a new book aims to keep traditional crafts alive

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From bodger to broomsquire - a new book aims to keep traditional crafts alive

The Book of Forgotten Crafts brings to life a history of craftsmanship that in some cases stretches back as far as a thousand years. Nearly 50 British craftsmen and women, including cooper, bee skep maker, flint knapper, bowyer, lace maker, bagpipe maker and rhubarb forcer maker, tell their stories and explain their crafts

(Vocus/PRWEB) 25 March 2011

Anyone who cares about the survival of Britain's craft heritage needs to read this book. From bodger to brickmaker, potter to pub sign designer, tanner to thatcher and cooper to clog maker, many crafts survive in the hands of just a few individuals. The Book of Forgotten Crafts tells their stories, and is illustrated with beautiful photographs of the crafters at work.

Please contact Susie Hallam to request a review copy, interview with the craftspeople or authors, or images. Email: susiehallam1(at)gmail(dot)com Tel: 07761 836782

Traditional British crafts are currently enjoying an extraordinary resurgence of interest, as people turn away from a throw-away culture and start to appreciate again the dedication, skill and passion of craftspeople and the beauty and intrinsic value of an object made by hand. Publication of The Book of Forgotten Crafts, a celebration of traditional craftsmanship, is therefore very timely.

It is impossible not to be inspired by the life stories of the nearly 50 British craftsmen and women interviewed for the book, which brings to life a history of craftsmanship that in some cases stretches back as far as 1,000 years.

From bodger to brickmaker, potter to pub sign designer, tanner to thatcher and cooper to clog maker, these talented people all make a hugely important contribution to Britain's heritage. The book is illustrated with inspirational photographs by Paul Felix which show the craftspeople in their workshops and display the beauty of the objects they make.

Included among the forty-nine craftsmen and women featured are:

  • Neil Hopkins of Two Rivers Paper Company on Exmoor, a commercial hand mill that has been restored to use waterpower to make paper from old rags in the traditional manner
  • Robin Wood, bowl maker, who uses timber local to his studio in the Peak District to create traditional, functional wooden bowls. Robin is also Chair of the Heritage Crafts Association and has written the foreword to this book
  • Rhiannon Evans, goldsmith, an award-winning jewellery designer who works in pure and mixed Welsh gold
  • Adam King, broomsquire, based in Buckinghamshire, who has been making besom brooms since he was eighteen and was nearly swept away by Harry Pottermania
  • Christine Springett, a bobbin lace maker for over 30 years, who specialises in Bedfordshire lace and enthuses about the weaving, plaiting and looping involved in her craft
  • Lesley Pyke, glass engraver from Suffolk, who is passionate about crystal and works in many layers of colour

Full list of craftspeople featured in The Book of Forgotten Crafts:

Village Workshop Crafts:

The Wheelwright

The Cooper

The Tanner

The Leather Bottle Maker

The Papermaker

The Millwright

The Potter

The Rhubarb Forcer Maker

The Blacksmith

The Rope Maker

Decorative Crafts

The Woodcarvers

The Glass Blower

The Goldsmith

The Stained Glass Artist

The Pub Sign Designer

The Glass Engraver

The Serpentine Rock Carver

The Silversmith

Basketry Crafts

The Basket Maker

The Oak Swill Basket Maker

The Bee Skep Maker

The Lobster Pot Maker

The Rush Seat Maker

The Trug Maker

Textile Crafts

The Tapestry Weaver

The Dyer & Felt Maker

The Spinning Wheel Maker

The Lace Maker

The Fabric Weaver

Woodland Crafts

The Bowl Maker

The Broomsquire

The Hurdle Maker

The Bodger

The Stick and Crooks Maker

The Hedgelayer

The Clog Maker

The Rake Maker

Building Crafts

The Brick Maker

The Dry Stone Wallers

The Flint Knapper

The Stone Mason

The Thatchers

Crafts for Sport and Recreation

The Bowyer/Fletcher

The Bagpipe maker

The Cricket Bat maker

The Guitar Maker

The Gunsmith

The Whip Maker

The Gig Boat Maker

The authors:

Paul Felix has been taking photographs of traditional craftsmen for over forty years. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines around the world. He lives between Gloucestershire and Cornwall.

Tom Quinn is a writer, editor and a social historian. He is the author of the book Mastercrafts, also published by David & Charles, and several other books with a rural theme.

Siân Ellis is a travel/heritage writer, who specialises in rural subjects, and is a former editor of Heritage magazine.

The Book of Forgotten Crafts by Paul Felix, Siân Ellis and Tom Quinn is published by David & Charles on 14 April 2011 in hardback at £20.

For media enquiries, requests for review copies, interviews with the authors or craftsmen and women, for images or to set up a reader offer, please contact:

Susie Hallam Marketing & PR

07761 836782

susiehallam1(at)gmail(dot)com

Published by David & Charles, Brunel House, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 4PU

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