HCA Spring Conference 2014 - Tool Tales

Saturday 22 March 2014, 10.00am-3.30pm

Carpenters' Hall, London (ten minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station)

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'Tool Tales'

The theme for the fourth annual HCA Spring Conference is 'Tool Tales'. Download the poster here (pdf 116kb).

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The HCA Spring Conference is usually a sell out and we expect this one to be the same. We are returning home to the roots of traditional craft by going to Carpenters' Hall, one of the main Livery Companies of the City. Unless you are a Liveryman, you don't get to see the inside of this beautiful building, and if you like wood, then this will be heaven!









We have a marvellous programme arranged for you focusing on craft tools. In the morning Professor Trevor Marchand will be speaking, amongst other things, about the ways in which a maker uses tools, and he is followed by Dr Phil Harding ofChannel Four's Time Team who is a renowned flint knapper and made the tools for the new Stonehenge Exhibition. Phil is Archaeologist of the Year, and you can get a taste of his presentation in the video clip below:

(more videos at the bottom of this page).

In the afternoon there are three craftspeople at the top of their game which will be explaining about the tools they use: Roger Smith, who makes hand-made watches, Daniel Evans who established London Cloth using British wool, and Grace Horne who not only makes knives but also corsets. There will be an Instant Gallery featuring makers' favourite tools, with an explanation of how they are used. We are creating a virtual Instant Gallery on Pintrest.

Then we also have the very first Heritage Craft Awards presentations, where those who will be recognised as the very best in their field will be announced and presented with certificates and cheques.

And lastly, it is the HCA AGM, all are welcome to that.


10.00 registration
10.30 start
10.40 Prof Trevor Marchand
11.20 Dr Phil Harding
12.05 AGM
12.20 lunch – with ‘instant gallery’ of tools
1.25 Launch of the New HCA Directory
1.30  HCAwards
2.00 Craft 1 - Grace Horne - knife and corset maker
2.25 Craft 2 - Daniel Harris – weaver, London Cloth
2.50 Craft 3 – Roger Smith - watchmaker
3.15 HCA updates
3.30 close

Bookings are now open.  Earlybird price (until 1 March 2014) is £30 for Friends of the HCA, and £42 for non-Friends (includes a year's subscription to the Friends).  Students and apprentices: £15.  If you are paying HCA Friend rate as a member of an Affiliated Organisation, please let us know which in the text box.  If you are buying a ticket on behalf of someone else, please let us know their name in the the text box.

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Roger W Smith on the BBC.


The London Cloth Company 'Keeping with Traditions" (A Short Documentary) from Tom Webster on Vimeo.