I was inspired by a thread yesterday about knitting, to start a craft or making thread to see what people on here like to craft or make. I like to bead/make jewellery, the type I make is sewn out of seed beads, into a variety of patterns. Included are some photos of my latest piece, a necklace which took 12 hours! Please feel free to share your craft/hobby and a picture of your latest/favourite make if you wish.
There's some amazing little glass/stained glass shops around, usually hidden up in little arts and crafts places. I got a lovely little decorative stained glass bowl from the glass shop at Wroxham barns the other year. Such a great little place, lots of lovely little craft shops and a small farm too, I have to visit wroxham barns every time we go to Norfolk
I like green wood crafts. My job is hurdle making, it’s an old craft. These days they are used as posh garden fencing. In the past they were used by shepherds during lambing time. They were also used in military campaigns. There are Royal Navy records of them being transported to France during the 14th century. I learnt the craft from a chap who came from a family of hurdle makers. He used to live in my home village, but passed away some time ago.
Oh wow! they look interesting. Certainly far better quality than the garden furniture/fencing that b+q has to offer. How long does it take to make one of those? What does the process involve?
I've never been to Norfolk. I went to a lovely glass shop down south once. I cannot remember where it was though.
If the wood is prepared I used to make 4, 6’ x 6’ a day. I’m a bit slower now I’m in my sixties. I cut the wood down with a chain saw then I sort and trim it up with a billhook. It takes about 4 - 5 years to become proficient enough to learn a living. Splitting the rods in half with a billhook takes a frustrating amount of man hours to learn.
It is a good job for someone who can’t put up with work politics and the social scene involved with other jobs.
I should add it is a coppicing system. The wood is hazel, which regrows when cut. Hurdle makers like the wood when it is about 7 - 8 years old. So during my time I have the same patches of wood a number of times.
Hazel coppicing has a 4,000 year history in this country and much of the wildlife has adapted to the system. Working hazel coppices are rare these days. The woods I work in are the habitat for many rare species of butterflies and bumble bees etc..
Pretty cool stuff Graham! Artisan stuff like that is a pretty good way to make money too, well I'd imagine so, because there isn't market saturation, but some demand.
It's always good to hear someone finding a profession in something they like, and is good for them. Happy for you mate!
I like the blue of your jewellery. In the seventies I visited a glass blowing factory on the Isle of Murano, Venice. We were able to watch as the craftsmen took blobs of molten glass out of the furnace on the end of long pipe. I watched one make a dolphin. I wonder if visitors can still stand so close to the craftsmen in these more health and safety conscious times. I bought an ashtray - the figures were beyond my budget - a solid piece of glass with a brilliant blue bowl. I still have it, the blue hasn’t faded at all.
I’ll let you know if I find any more good glass shops