Tricks of their trade: meet the UK’s most unusual master crafters

Glass eyes, traditional sieves, sails… Specialist makers are working hard to keeping these unique skills alive

Back in my early 20s I had a car accident and needed lots of treatment, which made it hard for me to hold down a job or pursue the career that I’d intended – I had a degree in drama. Between treatments, I started teaching myself how to work with rush, using a book I’d found. With the help of a business loan, I set up the Rush Matters workshop and spent the next couple of years repairing rush seating.

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