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doesn’t seem hyperbolic. Instead, the book is a celebration of British crafts which links their history to the crafters who are keeping the skills alive today. In some cases, such as that of Owen Jones the oak swill basket maker, these practitioners are the only ones still practicing their craft in Britain or only one of a handful left. Both the foreword and the introduction stress the concept of craft skills as inheritance and highlight the aim of the book to inspire a new generation of crafters.


I often say, craft always has strings attached. It is an emotional occupation which connects us to our past whilst enabling us to learn skills and create items for our future. I often hear stories when I teach my craft workshops about how people originally learnt their craft skills, often from parents and grandparents when they were young. Working with your hands and creating something tangible, in a world where so much is virtual, is something that should be encouraged.


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Keeping skills alive and passing them on is what keeps the crafting community vibrant. This book is a nice reminder and celebration of both. It won’t provide the same kind of inspiration as flicking through a craft book with new projects to try out or from reading your favourite craft blogs and websites, but it connects you to the history of British craft and provides a different kind of inspiration. I found myself looking up the details of three different


courses recommended in the book and dreaming of new directions for my craft practice so it certainly inspired me.


For more information on Owen Jones visit: www.oakswills.co.uk


ISBN-10: 0715338315 ISBN-13: 978-0715338315 Image coutesy of David & Charles Publishing


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