English Literature Inspires Heritage Craftsman

September 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

As a teenager, instead of sitting in front of a screen playing the latest game Jack Holden discovered English Literature.  He went on to study a degree in English Literature at the University of Cumbria, but on qualifying realised that a life indoors was not where he should be.  Inspired by Lake district authors such as Ruskin, Wordsworth and Coleridge he sought a life outdoors.  He won a place on the Bill Hogarth Memorial Apprenctichsip Trust (BHMAT) scheme and is now training in coppice crafts.  I followed him over a period of a few weeks this summer as he created an oak gate.  These photos show the manufacturing process from the felling of a tree to the installation of the finished gate at a Lakeland farm house. You can see more details on Jack's website here


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