There will be more
West Country links coming over the next few months and years
For a great
selection of fabulous crafts visit my Facebook page, which has
turned into more of a sharing page than just mine.
Brigitte is the only local seat weaver who I
can unreservedly recommend.
East Budleigh Garage
Lower Budleigh Road
01395 446 616
Other useful links
As it 'says on the tin' - "all about basket-weaving". Based in
the USA but with world-wide interest.
This interesting link
was suggested to me by Michelle Bass on behalf of her daughter,
Katie is working on her Girl Scout (UK Girl Guide)
Arts and Crafts 'Fun Patch' and has been doing some research when
she came across my website.
Good luck with your badge Katie.
But remember that craft based skills are not just for fun; they
can provide you with a living at the same time as keeping an
important part of human culture alive.
Morning Mrs Magpie - Tracy Hare
jewellery available online. Opals, pearls and many other
gemstones all set in sterling silver. And a lovely lady to
LJ Conservation and Restoration
Blackhorse Workshop, London. SE16 6HW
all round restorer and budding seat weaver!
The Cane and Rush Restoration Company
Based in Caversham, Reading
Chris is an excellent craftsman and super proficient in all aspects
of seat weaving.
Knock on Wood - World Musical
musical instruments and percussion Instruments from around the
The Ruby Range
Personalised toys and gifts hand-made with you in
soldier dolls to school ma'ams; bunnies to bears. If you are
looking for something different for that special person of any age.
Made to order and 'off the shelf'.
The Carbolic Soap
you think "I wonder if it's possible to still get ....?"
look on this website. Lots of the old names and items to bring
a nostalgic tear to the eye. From Brasso to Burts Bees;
laundry starch to Lifebuoy soap: Wintergreens to washboards (and the
thimbles and kazoos to go with them) and Carbolic Soap.
23 Chairs, Reading
"At 23chairs we specialise in retro
vintage furniture, furnishings, home wares and
upcycled furniture. We recreate tired and forgotten
pieces bringing them back to life with innovative
and contemporary designs or sympathetically restore
to bring back its true beauty. At 23 chairs we have
a diverse and eclectic range, with a running theme
of great design, and quality craftsmanship. By
reinvesting in Retro, vintage or upcycled furniture
we can reduce, reuse and help the environment."
Martin is also an excellent cabinet
maker/restorer and a deft hand with the Danish
of Ludlow, Shropshire
Unique craftsman made leather products
would like a hand made leather bag, hand crafted leather belt or
custom made leather guitar strap made by an old fashioned Shropshire
craftsman, then you have reached the right place."
Kenward has been up and down the country photographing
craftsmen; aiming to put on a major exhibition under the title
"Made Not Manufactured"
would still like to photograph a bowl turner, boat builder, bell
founder, bowyer and fletcher, candle maker, coach builder, cooper,
coracle maker, dry stone waller, enameller, etcher, farrier, furniture
maker/restorer, gunsmith, jeweller/silversmith/goldsmith, shoemaker,
slate worker, swordsmith, tailor, tanner, taxidermist, wood
carver/turner, lace maker, leatherworker, net maker, papermaker,
rope maker, saddler.
Contact him through his website
opposite. See if you can find 'yours truly'
Association - President HRH The Prince of Wales
The Heritage Crafts Association has
been formed to support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental
part of our living heritage
Antiques are Green
Invest in the future - recycle the
Alistair R Price
Furniture restorer, cabinet and chair
maker par excellence.
White Waltham, Berks
- Bespoke Works
Excellent upholsterer, specialises
in car and aeroplane upholstery as well as domestic.
We are very pleased with the new seats
in our Heinkel Trojan Bubblecar. Visit his website to see
The British Antique Furniture
To find an accredited restorer near
you, look at the search facility.
Lots of information about antiques and
Look at their Business Register to
find a seat weaver or basketmaker
near you, also details of courses.
Bury Court Antiques
18th, 19th & 20th
Furniture Restoration and Upholstery
Chris Brewster - Maker of
Contemporary Functional Baskets
Cane and Rush Seating Tuition.
lives tend to be in cool calm colours and the landscapes sometimes
emerge in vivid exciting tones and semi-abstract."
Nigel Carren of England
Armourer. Historic European armour
recreated and restored
River Bank Boats
John and Nancy Caschere
Attractive and elegant, yet practical
The Wicker Woman
Excellent American website full of
information and links to all aspects of seat weaving and basket
Have a look at the Forum - you will
probably find the answer to any question you might have - or ask one
Textiles, Cords and Yarn
Founded in 1923 in Preston,
England by Thomas Blackburn and now headed by the third generation
of the family, Somic is a privately owned PLC which specialises in
the spinning, twisting and braiding of paper, the weaving of paper
and the coating of textiles, all on its own 7 acre site in Preston.
The main raw material used is
high grade spinning Kraft paper derived from ecologically grown
farmed forests, which produces a long fibre spun paper yarn which as
well as being strong, hard wearing and virtually dust free is also
biodegradable and recyclable. Other materials include tissue
containing recycled pulp and polymers of various types.
Denver Windmill, Sluice Road, Denver,
Downham Market, Norfolk. PE38 0EG
The last commercially working
windmill in Norfolk. Fantastic place, delicious sandwiches,
cakes, bread, flour. And a very warm welcome on a cold March
day having driven for 100s of miles.