Craft Makers

The craft of Japanese wooden boatbuilding

Criss-crossing cultures to curate & continue the craft of Japanese boatbuilding. An interview with boatbuilder, writer & researcher, Douglas Brooks

A very small sabani a type of semi-dugout once used for fishing in Okinawa. Photo by Mr. Hiroyuki Asato.

Boatbuilder first, then writer & researcher is how Douglas Brooks describes himself in a self-effacing modest kind of way, however, his commitment to the curation and continuation of the ancient but fast-disappearing craft…

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How to make a Sussex Trug

An appreciation of the skill involved in making a Sussex Trug, by Robin Tuppen of the Cuckmere Trug Co.

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The apparent simplicity of a trug is deceptive; although simple in terms of design, name and use, the construction of a traditional Sussex Trug requires much skill in order to transform the humble…

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Interview with Cuckmere Trug Company

Interview with Robin Tuppen; owner of Cuckmere Trug Company; makers of Thomas Smith trugs.

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A trug, like the word, is simplicity itself. Dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, when a ‘trog’, meaning a boat-shaped vessel, was used to measure and carry all manner of things, the modern day…

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The ancient craft of hedgelaying

Exploring the ancient craft of hedgelaying by Daniel Butler, author of 'How to Plant a Tree'.

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Hedges have been described as quintessentially British frames for the landscape. Look at any picture postcard of a rural idyll and you will see a backdrop of rolling fields divided by a lattice…

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