Greg Abel  /  Blacksmith  /  Moretonhampstead
Greg Abel / Blacksmith / Moretonhampstead
Sharif Adams  /  Woodturner  /  North Bovey
Sharif Adams / Woodturner / North Bovey
Ron Barter  /  Cider Maker  /  Dunsford
Ron Barter / Cider Maker / Dunsford
Sophie Berger  /  Landscape Painter  /  Belstone
Sophie Berger / Landscape Painter / Belstone
Martin Brady  /  Leather Worker  /  Chagford
Martin Brady / Leather Worker / Chagford
Mary Gillett  /  Printmaker  /  Tavistock
Mary Gillett / Printmaker / Tavistock
Yuli Somme  /  Felt-maker  /  Chagford
Yuli Somme / Felt-maker / Chagford
Alison Hastie  /  Shoemaker  /  Moretonhampstead
Alison Hastie / Shoemaker / Moretonhampstead
Stuart Coote  /  Upholsterer  /  Chagford
Stuart Coote / Upholsterer / Chagford
Ambrose Vevers  /  Woodworker  /  Ashburton
Ambrose Vevers / Woodworker / Ashburton
Katherine Miles  /  Willow Weaver  /  Chagford
Katherine Miles / Willow Weaver / Chagford
Lillias Guyon  /  Gilder  /  Belstone
Lillias Guyon / Gilder / Belstone
Penny Simpson  /  Potter  /  Moretonhampstead
Penny Simpson / Potter / Moretonhampstead
Miriam Boy  /  Jewellery Maker  /  Chagford
Miriam Boy / Jewellery Maker / Chagford
Greg Abel  /  Blacksmith  /  Moretonhampstead
Greg Abel / Blacksmith / MoretonhampsteadOne of just a handful of blacksmiths left on Dartmoor, Greg Abel works in a 150-year-old stone forge, where vintage farm and farriers’ tools, made by previous smithies, still hang from the rafters. Greg uses traditional coal in the original hearth rather than gas, which is now more commonly used, with hammer and anvil still his main tools. You can drop in to see Greg at work, or book in for a course and learn how to make a fire poker, toasting fork, letter opener, coat hook or barbecue butler. > Read more
Sharif Adams  /  Woodturner  /  North Bovey
Sharif Adams / Woodturner / North BoveySpecialising in ancient woodturning techniques, some of which date from the Iron Age, Sharif uses a traditional pole lathe powered by a treadle to turn bowls, pots, cups, flasks and boxes, sourcing wood from sustainable Dartmoor forests. Sharif works in beautiful stone threshing barn on a working farm near North Bovey. During Sharif's demonstration, you will see him practise this age-old skill to craft a wooden bowl. Using a pole lathe requires a moderate amount of physical energy but it is great fun and can be a real challenge. No previous woodturning experience is required. > Read more
Ron Barter  /  Cider Maker  /  Dunsford
Ron Barter / Cider Maker / DunsfordRon produces up to 1500 gallons of cider using one of the UK's oldest working cider presses, in a barn that dates back to Saxon times. Ron offers one-hour tours, showing you around these characterful historic buildings and explain how cider is produced using his traditional press, pictured above. There will be a chance to look around the orchards, where old and rare apple varieties still grow, including the wonderfully-titled Fair Maids of Devon, Pigs’ Snout and Slack-ma-Girdle. There'll also be a chance to taste his cider, but beware - it’s strong! > Read more
Sophie Berger  /  Landscape Painter  /  Belstone
Sophie Berger / Landscape Painter / BelstoneA rising star of Dartmoor’s arts scene, Sophie paints impressionist landscapes of the north moors, with Skaigh Woods a favourite spot. Sophie runs regular ‘art walks’ - group painting sessions in the outdoors – in the Belstone area. > Read more
Martin Brady  /  Leather Worker  /  Chagford
Martin Brady / Leather Worker / ChagfordMartin has a hands-on approach to his craft, visiting tanneries to select the perfect hides. Here, is pictured sampling skins at J&FJ Baker & Co, the UK’s last remaining oak-bark tannery, in Colyton, East Devon. Martin hand-stitches his products, which include belts, handbags and dog collars, at his shop in Chagford, in full view of his customers. Martin offers short workshop, where you’ll have the chance to produce your own bookmark or key fob. > Read more
Mary Gillett  /  Printmaker  /  Tavistock
Mary Gillett / Printmaker / TavistockInspired by Dartmoor’s atmospheric landscapes, Mary etches scenes of its valleys, woodlands and open moors onto metal plates, then passes them through her vintage printing press, pictured. Mary's workshops are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced printmakers. > Read more
Yuli Somme  /  Felt-maker  /  Chagford
Yuli Somme / Felt-maker / ChagfordYuli is the UK’s only remaining maker of burial shrouds, a funereal tradition dating from the 17th century, when law decreed that the dead must be buried in wool. Yuli also makes felt urns for cremated remains, hot-water bottle covers, tea cosies, pillows, seat pads and hats, which she sells in her Moretonhampstead studio, which doubles as a Unitarian chapel. During her workshops, Yuli will give you a tour of her beautiful studio, pictured, and you'll have the chance to produce your own piece of felt. > Read more
Alison Hastie  /  Shoemaker  /  Moretonhampstead
Alison Hastie / Shoemaker / MoretonhampsteadWith her company listed as one of world’s most ethical shoemakers, Alison Hastie and her small team hand-makes footwear to order, using full-grain leathers and vegan alternatives. Her workshop is in a beautiful chapel in the artisan town of Moretonhampstead. You'll be treated to a personal guided tour of her workshop, where Alison will show you how she hand makes her shoes from scratch. > Read more
Stuart Coote  /  Upholsterer  /  Chagford
Stuart Coote / Upholsterer / ChagfordFollow the sounds of chamber music that waft around the backstreets of Chagford and you'll be led to the Georgian coachhouse where Stuart devotes himself to upholstering antique and modern furniture the traditional way. His is a wonderfully riotous workshop, where walls are hung with half-broken chairs, furniture springs and enormous rolls of webbing, and floors are scattered with off-cuts of damasks and fine silks, piles of lambswool and hessian bags overflowing with horse hair and shredded coconut husks. Stuart welcomes visitors, but it’s best to check he’s in by calling first. > More details
Ambrose Vevers  /  Woodworker  /  Ashburton
Ambrose Vevers / Woodworker / AshburtonOne of Dartmoor’s up-and-coming craftsmen, Ambrose hand-makes contemporary furniture using traditional techniques such as steam bending. He sources his wood from coppicing and careful woodland management. Ambrose offers three-hour courses where you’ll learn to make your own coat hook or beautiful elm chopping board. > Read more
Katherine Miles  /  Willow Weaver  /  Chagford
Katherine Miles / Willow Weaver / ChagfordFamed throughout the South West for her life-sized willow animal sculptures, Katherine's work is displayed in stately homes, private gardens and as interior design pieces. Katherine's studio is a sight in itself. Nestled in an arboretum in Chagford's Stone Lane Gardens, it's crammed with sculptures of beasts, including highland cows, pigs, horses, deer, donkeys, sheep, goats, hares, owls, llamas, foxes, swans and birds of prey. Katherine welcomes visitors and offers short weaving courses. > Read more
Lillias Guyon  /  Gilder  /  Belstone
Lillias Guyon / Gilder / BelstoneRabbit glue, acanthus stones, coloured clays, gesso and 23.5 carat beaten gold leaf - Lillias gilds using time-worn traditional materials, and even makes her own gold dust by grinding down leftover gold. She's worked on everything from 16th century saints' statues to six foot-high candle sticks, furniture, organ lofts and ceilings. Lillias will show you the basics of gilding, and if you bring along a gilded frame of your own, you’ll learn about its condition and how it has been made. > Read more
Penny Simpson  /  Potter  /  Moretonhampstead
Penny Simpson / Potter / MoretonhampsteadFrom her pottery studio in the artisan town of Moretonhampstead, Penny makes earthenware pots inspired by nature, with fish, birds and leaves recurring themes. Penny's pottery is available to buy from her shop, just below her studio, and she welcomes drop-ins. > Read more
Miriam Boy  /  Jewellery Maker  /  Chagford
Miriam Boy / Jewellery Maker / ChagfordWorking from a cosy studio in the centre of the ancient stannary town of Chagford, Miriam makes silver jewellery using designs inspired by the moors and wildlife that surrounds her. Miriam is one of the few people in the UK to offer lovebirds the chance to design and make their own wedding rings. > Read more
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