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Traditional Herefordshire clog maker

Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by sandbender, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. sandbender

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    Hello all

    During last night's BBC Countryfile episode one of the presenters visited a traditional clog maker. I'm not sold on the idea of clogs but was quite taken with the bladed tool he used to prepare the wooden soles.

    Worth a watch.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0822kj7

    :)
     
  2. bilmo-p5

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    Clogs are very comfortable once you get used to them.

    I haven't watched the prog yet, but the tool you refer to is called a stock knife.
     
  3. MartiniDave

    MartiniDave Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    The presenter lass seemed to be terrified of being in the same room as the stock knives. I would have liked a bit more depth to the article, but still found it interesting.

    Dave
     
  4. tombear

    tombear Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Aye, I don't normally watch Countryfile but caught that article. It had me drooling over stock knives again. I've wanted one for a while, never seen a old one for sale and unfortunately never had the money at the right time to have one made. I need to make the effort, sell on some of the tool collection I never use like the Sorby goose neck gouges and actually buy something that I would.

    Im going to make the effort to be less self conscious about wearing clogs, I've 4 good pairs picked up over the years and the rubber soled ones aint that noisy but still much louder than normal boots.

    Cheers for for the link as there's bits I'd like to study, how he used the 1st stock knife for example.

    atb

    Tom
     
  5. John Fenna

    John Fenna Lifetime Member & Maker

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    I just watched that - nice clogs!
    It seemed to me that the Clog Maker had the same high opinion of the intellect of the presenter as I do of the show!
    I gave up on Countryfile years ago as it seems the presenters are chosen for their total lack of Countryside knowledge and their "slick city street cred"...
    "Ooooh - its a knife so I stayed the other side of the room" (I paraphrase) sums it up really...
     
  6. Joonsy

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    can't watch it as you need a tv licence on iplayer and as I don't have a telly i don't have a licence (and yes i'm another that can't stand countryfile anyway) however i know who the links on about as i have done a lot of walking in the Kington area where the fellow Jeremy Atkinson makes them. He learned clog making from Hywel Davies in Tregarron, Hywel Davies worked at the clog making shop in the welsh museum St Fagans (interestingly the clogmaking shop in museum was the old shop of one of the last welsh clogmakers Thomas James of Pembrokeshire which was rebuilt at the museum), he likes alder for clogs as well as sycamore, anyway for others who are interested but like me can't watch link there are a few vids of him on youtube on channel by ArtisanMedia100, this vid added below is one of those videos on that channel >>>

    [video=youtube;8hUmrr8Y5_U]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hUmrr8Y5_U[/video]

    and the six parts of him making clogs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8yShISGZKw
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xJksWILTRA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etGPQ_bLEUI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqEhgkucCWc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo0dTAf4Eh0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC9V_EM7_Go
     
  7. Fraxinus

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    I saw this last night and thought it a bit short on info too. I have a feeling that Anita was possibly more concerned that wielding such a tool may cause injury to Jeremy and was maybe afraid to see it up close.
    They do look a bit heath robinson in design and to the untrained eye or someone with little understanding of using hand tools may be quite intimidating.
    I have worked with a guy that would faint at the sight of blood in a busy joinery shop where people would get the occasional slip of a chisel or something, might be another cause for her moving away.
    I agree with Mr Fenna that some of the presenters on the BBC ought to have a better understanding of the subjects shown, Adam Henson has that quality but so much of his reports act like an advertisement for the farm his father built up seems to degrade the quality of the piece.

    Rob.
     

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