And the ‘Made in Britain Award’ goes to …
Skelton Saws! Yes, it’s true we are now award winners! Last month we travelled to London for the day to attend the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) annual conference and awards ceremony. We’d been told that we were finalists for the prestigious ‘Made in Britain’ award a few weeks previously, but never expected to win. The award itself is given by the Marsh Christian Trust in association with the Heritage Crafts Association (The President of which is HRH The Prince of Wales) and is awarded to a small business or individual who is making great quality traditional British products and in doing so are using locally sourced materials. Winners tend to be people who are making their products entirely by hand, last year’s winner for example was Charles Trevor of ‘Equus Leather’ who makes handmade leather goods using traditional tools and British leather. We were therefore, I guess suitable candidates for this award and with pretty amazing and stiff competition were both shocked yet delighted when we were called out as the winners.
Saw making has obviously been around for many centuries, however with industrialisation traditional techniques have been lost and therefore what Shane and I have attempted to do is resurrect a craft that hasn’t been made in Britain in this way for well over a century. Our decision to do this has provided many challenges, but we are very passionate about what we are creating and have always met these with head on and with a determination to succeed. Shane, is a devout perfectionist and together we love creating and providing a quality product and bespoke service to customers that they will be able to both treasure and remember forever.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last couple of years, it is much appreciated. We are both honoured and humbled to have won this award. Please take a look at the websites of The Heritage Crafts Association and The Marsh Chritian Trust, as I am sure that many of you would be interested in the work that they both do and may also yourselves benefit from them.