Marsh ‘Made in Britain’ Award
This is a new Award which is run in partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association and recognises individual craftspeople and small manufacturers who are making great quality British products, using locally sourced materials and traditional British crafts.
The winner could be an individual heritage craftsperson, a small company or a specialist manufacturer and there must be significant hand-skilled work involved in the making of the craft. By recognising such people, the Award celebrates all that is best about our living heritage as shown in craft.
The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.
Pictured above: the hat-making workroom of 2014 Award winner, Yvette Jelfs
The 2016 winner is Skelton Saws
Skelton Saws is run by a husband and wife team and they produce traditionally handmade handsaws, in designs inspired by the great British Saw Makers of the 18th Century. Lengthy historical research had to be undertaken since there hasn’t been a traditional saw maker in Britain for well over 100 years. Each saw takes between 20 and 30 hours to produce and are bespoke to the customer’s requirements. They source as much of their raw material as possible from within the UK, and a lot of it comes from very locally to them in Yorkshire.
Skelton Saws also offer a ‘saw doctoring service’ and people can send their vintage saws to them to be re-conditioned and sharpened.
They currently have a broad spectrum of customers and hope to capitalise more on the international markets in the future. Shane has also begun to deliver some one day courses on saw sharpening in order to pass on somewhat lost skills.
Pictured: Shane and Jacqueline Skelton with Nick Carter (MCT Trustee)
Heritage Craft Association
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