Dean Heritage Craft Workers

exquisite wooden bowlsThe craftspeople working at the Centre are independent businesses and receive no funding from the Trust. We are fortunate to have both a pleasant place to work and each other's support in maintaining craft work in the Forest of Dean. The traditional crafts of the Forest have changed over the years, but the materials used in each workshop are connected with the area and are contemporary uses of materials which have been traditionally worked.

Pots for all seasons
Victor Hugo

Victor's traditionally hand-thrown plain and decorative Terracotta pots - all frost-proof - include strawberry planters, pots for herbs, shrubs. cacti and alpines, bird baths and nesting pots, and glazed stained Bonsai pots.

Terracotta kitchenware includes storage jars for bread, salt, herbs and garlic, also Earthenware slipware. Also available are Terracotta lamp bases, both glazed and unglazed, and hand-painted individual pots.

Commemorative pottery and glazed Terracotta house name plaques (frost-proof] can be commissioned.

Victor Hugo

terracotta pots

The Heritage Smithy - Graham Tyler

Graham, a Forester by birth, has been the blacksmith at the Dean Heritage Centre since the museum's early days.

Whilst producing an excellent quality of general ornamental ironwork, his talent, unhindered by the conventions of a traditional apprenticeship, is best shown in his highly individual sculptures. These display his technical mastery of his materials.

Traditional and modern ironwork, steel fabrication and sculptural work undertaken. Graham has produced commissioned work on a local and national basis.


Graham Tyler - the blacksmith

Forest Crafts

Ten members of the Forest of Dean Craft Workers Association co-operative, all living within the Forest area, offer their own work in a wide range of hand-made, traditional and more modern crafts.

These include photographic cards, bookmarks, cross stitch, encaustic art, hand knitting, jewellery (costume), hand-painted lampshades, paintings, leatherwork, pyrography, tea towels and bags and velvet hats. Local materials are used in wood turning and weaving. Often work can be seen in progress and members welcome commissions - some can be sent by post.

Also see The Heritage Shop


A wide range of craft work for sale

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