Posted by Aston Avery

Listen: nation eager to protect our traditional trades

It was widely reported throughout the pandemic that across households in the UK, people were giving it a go when it came to DIY. Whether it was building furniture, fixing broken hinges, or re-vamping our interior colour schemes, people attempted to upskill and try their hand at jobs they would usually outsource to professionals.

New data has now revealed that almost half of those surveyed (48%) think there has been a resurgence of people teaching themselves carpentry/woodwork skills over the last two years (during lockdown) and seemingly this has had an impact on how we feel about our other traditional trades too.

The research of over 2000 people, commissioned by Quest, has revealed that the nation places huge value on the need for our tailors (77%), blacksmiths (59%), glass blowers (57%) and lumberjacks (53%), with over 4 in 5 (83%) also claiming that these careers are important to UK heritage and should be preserved at all costs.

Aston spoke to sculptor Ella Fielding.

Photo by Eugen Str on Unsplash

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