Heritage Craft Practice: Oak Coppicing, Swilling and Weaving
The ancient craft of ‘swilling’ is practised by only four craftsmen in the world - and Lorna Singleton is one of them. Swillers make woven products, like baskets, using strips of greenwood.
We recently attended a fantastic talk with Lorna where she discussed the background to this fascinating and endangered craft technique, the materials used, and how craftsmen, like her, are keeping traditional skills alive today.
In this lesson, you'll learn:
- about the heritage craft technique of 'swilling', the process and its history in Britain
- the materials Lorna works with and their origin and sustainability
- how Lorna works to keep an endangered craft alive in the modern world
- about the justification of higher price points for hand-made and skilled craft goods
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