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Gwen Raverat and Eric Gill. Wood engraving is one of the simplest and most exquisite forms of printmaking where the reversed design is engraved onto a block of wood, inked and printed onto paper. The Society organises exhibitions and produces a newsletter.


Regional guilds: In addition to the specific craft associations, there are many regional craftsmen’s guilds, which


organise local exhibitions


and events. A few of these are listed below:


• Devon Guild of Craftsmen • Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen


• Craft Northern Ireland • Oxfordshire Craft Guild • Craft Scotland


Other organizations offering traditional and heritage craft courses: The Building Crafts College founded by The Carpenters Company, one of the livery companies of the City of


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Some National Trust properties host activity days covering, for example, dry stone walling, dyeing wool naturally, felting and making in metal.


The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum provides a variety of courses in traditional crafts


West Dean offers a full, wide ranging programme of courses in traditional crafts including a series of taster days covering crafts such as woodturning, silver


jewellery, throwing pots, stained glass, rag


London. It offers short courses in fine woodwork – such as drawer making and veneering - alongside more formal NVQs and diplomas.


The National Heritage Training Group supports traditional building skills training and its website has a long list of individuals, colleges and universities providing built heritage training such as lime plastering and brickwork.


rugging, carving in stone, making a country-style stool, making willow baskets, blacksmithing and tatting.


Last but not least, for more general information about heritage crafts and initiatives to revive them visit the Heritage Crafts Association , the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. To find out more about traditional craftsmen in your area take a look at the map of traditional craftsmen.


For more specific information and advice visit: www.heritagecrafts.org.uk


The information provided in this article has been reproduced in good faith. UK Handmade does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or currency of any information provided above as UK Handmade has not checked these individual courses.


Images courtesy of Laura Mason of LAM Designs and the Heritage Crafts Association


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