Top of the Tree – Chair-maker Lawrence Neal

A sweet, hay-like smell hits you as chair-maker, Lawrence Neal, answers his door. The door opens in to what appears once to have been Victorian Schoolroom, but was in fact the village co-op store. Neville Neal, Lawrence’s father moved his furniture workshop to this...

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Settin’ Off Again – Chairmaker Mike Abbott

Above: an ash settin' chair, right, Mike Abbott settin' “I tried retiring in September 2015 - that lasted about six weeks” laughs Mike who has spent a lot of his working life teaching hundreds of people via his courses and thousands via his books about how to make...

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The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

During the delicious, and as retailers frankly frivolous break between Christmas and New Year, I had a belated birthday treat of an outing to the potteries museum in Stoke-on-Trent. The collection of ceramics that it houses is a revelation; whilst describing...

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Show me a Sign

Sign-writer Hannah Sunny Whaler’s exhibition “Fairground” in “Little Tinsmiths” shows her incredible control of a simple sable brush and traditional enamel paints to create some very uplifting artworks. Hannah lives and works in Bristol, studied Illustration at...

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Tinsmiths in Town

We arrived in London last week paint brush in hand and with a sample of Tinsmiths made to measure curtains and blinds, lighting, cushions, rugs, world and artisan textiles, artist prints, homeware and hardware. This area of London has a village feel and is well-worth...

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Spring Life – Mark Hearld & Paul Young

  Our 2016 programme of exhibitions is starting with an exuberant flourish of British style and sensibility. 'Spring Life' features the work of Mark Hearld and Paul Young. The exhibition at our Ledbury showroom opens on the 19th March and runs until the 23rd April....

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Jacquard

Picture this! 18th century Lyon and a race is on to revolutionise the production of elaborately patterned fabrics. This race, ultimately, was won by Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752 - 1834) whose name is familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in textiles and to...

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Signs of the Times

Writing signs by hand might be considered anachronistic but Tinsmiths has had a wall waiting for the right writer for ten or so years. Last week, signwriter Hannah Whaler originally from Malvern, brought her brushes and brilliance to Tinsmiths Alley and enlivened the...

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