Traditional Crafts: Alexander Langlands

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Cobbled Path | A cobbled pavement in as good a condition today as it was the day it was laid over a hundred years ago. By hand, and built to last out of local materials, it puts the blistered and fractured tarmac pavement of our more technologically advanced age to shame. A Hundred Years, Pavement, Paths, Gardening, Age, Traditional, Building, Crafts, Manualidades

Cobbled Path | A cobbled pavement in as good a condition today as it was the day it was laid over a hundred years ago. By hand, and built to last out of local materials, it puts the blistered and fractured tarmac pavement of our more technologically advanced age to shame.

Thatcher's tools | My own thatching tools: Mallet, comb, spar-hook, ladder and knee-pad. Ladder Decor, Traditional, Tools, Crafts, Home Decor, Instruments, Manualidades, Decoration Home, Room Decor

Thatcher's tools | My own thatching tools: Mallet, comb, spar-hook, ladder and knee-pad.

Roadcraft | ‘Craft’ has become so ubiquitous in the modern world that it is difficult to define it. Although, to my mind, there is nothing remotely crafty in the driving of a motorcar. Stationery, Crafty, Traditional, Modern, Trendy Tree, Paper Mill, Stationery Set, Office Supplies

Roadcraft | ‘Craft’ has become so ubiquitous in the modern world that it is difficult to define it. Although, to my mind, there is nothing remotely crafty in the driving of a motorcar.

The Plastic Age: Casting, mass-produced and throwaway. Things that were once treasured have now become so overabundant that they have lost their meaning. It Cast, Lost, Plastic, Age, Traditional, Vegetables, Crafts, Manualidades, Vegetable Recipes

The Plastic Age: Casting, mass-produced and throwaway. Things that were once treasured have now become so overabundant that they have lost their meaning.

Shears | Sprung shears, for topiary or shearing. Known from classical times and still in use to this day, I have seen sheep shearers cut a fleece from a mature ewe in under five minutes using exactly these tools. Shearing, Topiary, Sheep, Traditional, Tools, Crafts, Instruments, Manualidades, Handmade Crafts

Shears | Sprung shears, for topiary or shearing. Known from classical times and still in use to this day, I have seen sheep shearers cut a fleece from a mature ewe in under five minutes using exactly these tools.

Gate latch | The pride taken by the blacksmith in his craftsmanship is evident in the scrolled end forged onto this humble gate catch. But it is not decoration for decoration’s sake. This extra arm helps to brace the catch against the force of the shutting gate and latch. Blacksmith Forge, Gate Latch, Blacksmithing, Pride, Arm, Traditional, Decoration, Crafts, Blacksmith Shop

Gate latch | The pride taken by the blacksmith in his craftsmanship is evident in the scrolled end forged onto this humble gate catch. But it is not decoration for decoration’s sake. This extra arm helps to brace the catch against the force of the shutting gate and latch.

Icelandic hay bogie | An old Icelandic hay-bogie. There is a saying in Iceland; ‘When there is nothing else to do, make hay’. The message is clear: you can never have enough hay to get you through the winter. Cannon, Iceland, You Got This, Traditional, Winter, How To Make, Crafts, Ice Land, Winter Time

Icelandic hay bogie | An old Icelandic hay-bogie. There is a saying in Iceland; ‘When there is nothing else to do, make hay’. The message is clear: you can never have enough hay to get you through the winter.

Haycock Asturias Spain | Passing through the Costa Verde, Asturias, Spain one wet summer, I spied these wonderful haycocks. Evidence of a cultural practice shared by communities forced to make hay in Atlantic conditions. Asturias Spain, Monument Valley, Costa, Country Roads, Community, Culture, Traditional, Summer, Crafts

Haycock Asturias Spain | Passing through the Costa Verde, Asturias, Spain one wet summer, I spied these wonderful haycocks. Evidence of a cultural practice shared by communities forced to make hay in Atlantic conditions.

Haycock ready for transportation Distance, Transportation, Weather, Horses, Traditional, Crafts, Manualidades, Long Distance, Handmade Crafts

Haycock ready for transportation | Freshly raked-up hay ready for immediate transportation before the weather turns. In the distance, conscious of the job that awaits him, Smiler, a Swedish Ardennes heavy horse lumbers over to be ‘tacked up’ ready.

Loaded hay bogie | This Shropshire hay-bogie is a northern type of hay transporter that shares a common ancestry with the Icelandic variety. Smiler stands ready between the shafts with Mr Thomas Stackhouse-Acton esquire at his head. Esquire, Ancestry, Cannon, Iceland, Traditional, Type, Crafts, Ice Land, Manualidades

Loaded hay bogie | This Shropshire hay-bogie is a northern type of hay transporter that shares a common ancestry with the Icelandic variety. Smiler stands ready between the shafts with Mr Thomas Stackhouse-Acton esquire at his head.

Grandad Langlands | My grandfather in his later years still plied his trade as a golf-club maker but only for recreational toys for my father and auntie. Auntie, My Father, Golf Clubs, Traditional, Toys, Crafts, Painting, Activity Toys, Manualidades

Grandad Langlands | My grandfather in his later years still plied his trade as a golf-club maker but only for recreational toys for my father and auntie.

Clovis Spear | A worked flint blade hafted to a shaft, a technology that dates back at least 300,000 years. This is a replica of a stone spearhead that is over 13,000 years old and found in Arizona. © Tim Rast Wilderness Survival, Survival Prepping, Survival Gear, Survival Skills, Zombie Weapons, Primitive Technology, Fantasy Sword, Primitive Survival, Cold Steel

Clovis Spear | A worked flint blade hafted to a shaft, a technology that dates back at least 300,000 years. This is a replica of a stone spearhead that is over 13,000 years old and found in Arizona. © Tim Rast

Whipping with bramble cane on willow Bramble, Wands, Basket, Seasons, Traditional, Green, How To Make, Crafts, Manualidades

Whipping with bramble cane on willow | Bramble cane is used here to whip together willow wands to make a conical basket lid. As the green bramble cane seasons it will shrink and bind even tighter.

Stick collection | Some examples from my own stick collection. Traditional, Crafts, Collection, Art, Art Background, Manualidades, Kunst, Handmade Crafts, Performing Arts

Stick collection | Some examples from my own stick collection.