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On the subject of craftsmanship, Athene English does what craftsmen have always done – look closely to those who’ve gone before

As a word, ‘craft’ comes from the Old English cræft: “power, strength, might.” It’s assumed that its usage moved to its current form through acquiring a sense of “mental power” – where ideas in the mind forge skills in the hand. As in crafts so in the word itself, its meaning having attached itself to various other thoughts: crafty – an adjective describing guile and ingenuity; to craft, crafted, a verb to describe manufacture by hand with skill, integrity and perhaps love; and a noun to describe, respectfully, a vehicle: craft, aircraft, spacecraft (generally those which need skill to make and operate). However, these days the word has come crashing down the value chain – For example I can’t think of two more depressing words than ‘craft shop’

To me, craftsmanship is, still, just this: the expression of clear thought and intelligence in things made largely by hand. A buckle made from a material that never feels cold on the skin; a fishing basket whose wicker construction keeps fish fresh; a lacing arrangement that allows for tightening and instant release with just two reciprocal movements; a pair of hand made scissors, whose form is just an expression of an elegant thought. In the shop, I hope you’ll find all manner of this sort of craftsmanship; where ingenuity of thought meets integrity in its making


We make and source beautiful things from natural materials

We are specialists in hand made Leather goods including studded Dog Collars and wallets from 200 year old Russian Reindeer Leather; offering for sale a range of ethical tailored Clothing and wool knitwear and a collection of useful but beautiful Homeware made from HornLeatherWool: old and new Welsh blankets and textiles; Slate and Wood . As well as an eclectic selection of one-off collectibles in our Originals section

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