Fifth Generation Pot Maker
Withy pot making is in Dave's blood, being the fifth generation withy pot maker in his his family. Originally a Budleigh Salterton boy, now living in Plympton, he has spent many years displaying the craft that he is so passionate about at local shows and events. 2023 see Dave take on an apprentice, Sarah, to ensure that the endangered craft is enjoyed into the future. He is to continue displaying at the many events for which he has become a popular attraction, including Plymouth Seafood Festival in September 2023.
Jean is very much a heritage craftswoman in her own right alongside husband Dave, with her collection of bee hives and bee keeping skills. Over 30 years of administration and secretarial experience working for a leading confectionary company, Jean keeps the rest of the team "Ship Shape" on the office management side, not forgetting of course the amazing bacon butties that she makes for the team during pot making.
Apprentice Withy Pot Maker
Sarah is very fortunate to have secured Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust support, assisting her with business mentoring and Scholarship support to learn the craft from Dave over the winter as an "apprentice". This will enable all aspects of the heritage of withy pot making to be explored, including the different styles of regional pot, all aspects of willow selection, tool choice, pot making, mending of pots and heritage reflection over the years. A very hard but very exciting journey ahead in 2023 and beyond.
Very excited to announce that a Scholarship has been awarded for Sarah Ready to learn the craft of withy pot making from Dave French, fifth generation traditional lobster pot maker. It will enable the endangered craft to continue within coastal communities locally in Devon and beyond, and for traditional potting to be celebrated from Brixham harbour and surrounds.Read More
Interesting blog on the traditional pot makers, including Dave French, who are determined to ensure that the endangered red list craft of withy pot making continues on for future generations to enjoy.Read More
The last twelve months have seen Dave French and myself working towards the revival of withy pot making in Devon, together with some diversification by Dave with pot making for furniture and lampshades, for coastal home interiors.Read More
Delighted to be appearing in For the Love of the Sea II Cookbook which is available from May 2023 in all good bookshops and available via Amazon. The book features many recipes provided by characters from coastal communities who are sea inspired in one form or another.Read More
Very happy to endorse this great family run artisan business. If you are looking for amazing and different pieces of glass to add to your collection.........look no further! The sea horses and crab claws are stunning along with all their other creations. Bespoke work undertaken too!Read More
Great family run busines based in Somerset, suppliers of all our high grade willow used in the making of our traditional Lobster potsRead More
Very happy to endorse Nigel Legge , he is a true master of his craft of making traditional Cornish Willow (withy) Lobster/Crab pots as featured in several tv productions including Poldark and Monty Halls the fishermans apprentice .Read More
From time to time we may have pots surplus to our needs , these may be older worked pots now due to be retired or newer ones left over from the shows. please message us via contact emails if you are interested ....please note the used older ones are just that , they have had a lot of hard work and well worn , and obviousely not in their prime anymore but can provide a garden feature for the birds etc to investigate , and then for nature to break them down and return them back to the ground where they came from.Read More
Great family day out in glorious Sidmouth lots to see and do , i will be there as always making a traditional East Devon style willow Crab/Lobster pot , i am one of only a handfull left that can still make these lovely old pots now listed as critically endangered on the Heritage Crafts list My apprentice Sarah will be along talking to people about the craft and other matters relating to the commercial fishing industry
Great event held on the Historic Barbican area of Plymouth, this event grows from strength to strength each year attracting thousands of visitors, lots to see for all the family , lovely fresh food stalls , cooking demos and of course me where i will be making a traditional East Devon Budleigh style willow crab/Lobster again over the two days .....not forgetting a fantastic auction of fresh fish each day.
A two day event celebrating seafood. this free festival is a vibrant celebration of the incredible sustainably caught fresh fish and seafood on offer in Britain’s Ocean City. There will be plenty of fun activities for children to get involved with too, throughout the two days, there’s something for everyone.
The Sidmouth Sea festival is an annual event that celebrates the sea and our beautiful coast and the vibrant community of this very special place. This festival is a family friendly event that values communal work and promotes environmental awareness and actions that value our marine and coastal environment. The festival is open to all and includes free entry. Sidmouth Sea Fest is completely ran by volunteers and has been running for nine consecutive years since its first year in 2014.