Stuff Sir Gordon Loves PART 4
British Culture, Design & Craftsmanship
At Sir Gordon we are always on the lookout for amazing craftsmanship, cultural or artistic stories from around Britain. Spreading some love to incredible things other people (apart from ourselves) are doing.
This month we have chairs made of beer, cricket bats made of bamboo, behind the scene tours of the finest embroiderers and a celebration of British craftsmanship.
DRAFF STUDIO - CHAIRS MADE OF BEER
We hate to see beer go to waste. And so do Draff. A design studio from Dundee. They have created a technique to repurpose the 'Draff" into truly amazing furniture. Draff, if you didn't know, is the damp malt waste from the grain that goes into beer. Each piece of furniture is unique, take a pew and take a brew.
HAND & LOCK STUDIO TOUR
By the amount of William Whiteley embroidery scissors we have sold, there are a lot of skilled crafters amongst you. We are sure this behind the scenes visit to one of the oldest embroidery works would be of interest. Lock & Hand have been creating majestical embroidery work for over 250 years. Serving fashion designers, Royalty and stage and screen. You can even talk to the hand embroiderers whilst they work and maybe get a few tips for your own masterpieces.
THE BAMBOO CRICKET BAT
Some might say that it just isn't cricket to mess about with the sacred willow. One of the sounds of a British summer is leather on willow. But research has shown that bamboo might be the modern replacement fro the sacred willow. And as bamboo is a grass, how will it past the sticklers at the MCC. Cricket Law 5.3.2 states that “The blade shall consist solely of wood”...
PORTRAITS & STORIES of 100 QEST ALUMNI
We are always happy to help QEST in any way we can, as they do a sterling job helping to keep British craft skills alive. They now have a beautiful book out celebrating British craftsmanship with portraits and stories from 100 QEST alumni. Click the link the the QEST website to buy the book.