Monday, April 06, 2009
I have always been interested in the old traditional country crafts and am so pleased that there is finally an organization to try and prevent these old skills dying out. It supports the more industrial skills as well including those involved in the steel making and cutlery industries of Sheffield. Could I direct you to a very eloquent post by Leanne at Somerset Seasons, Dorset Days which expresses my feelings about the old crafts but better than I can manage. Here is the Heritage Crafts Association site if you would like to learn more about them. It is so important that we don't lose the knowledge that these craftsmen and women possess or it is gone forever. They are still trying to work out how the people who built Stonehenge moved the blue stones from the Preseli Hills in Wales and the huge sarsen stones from the Marlborough Downs to Wiltshire! It may not have been a making baskets or weaving kind of skill but nevertheless a skill of some kind was involved and it has been lost as have many others.