We particularly liked this dish as it had a chevron pattern chip carved around the edge, a symbol that survives on contemporary stonework nearby and which we used on the mazer rims.
I had to grind an old chisel to a skew angle and narrow edge to do the chip carving but once I got it right it worked really well.
In the evenings I have been working on a huge birch soup ladle.
It seemed everyone in the heritage world was waiting this week for the big announcement today of the Heritage Lottery Fund's next major skills funding project.
They announced today
- £2.3m will be invested as an extension of HLF’s successful £7m Training Bursary Programme
- £5m will create a new programme, entitled ‘Skills for the Future’, to launch towards the end of the year. This will offer new work-based training in the skills that are needed to look after our buildings, landscapes, habitats, species, and museum collections.
English Heritage recently bought a wonderful old silverworks in Birmingham, JW Evans, full story here the story reminded me very much of the scissor factory in Sheffield which I shall be visiting tomorrow. The problem is the building and tools are only a part of the heritage value of the place, the skills and accumulate knowledge of generations of craftspeople passed down through the generations is important too.