Crafty help for heritage; Gibside stages a showcase for tradition.Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor
ASHOWCASE of traditional skills is being staged at a historic estate this weekend in a bid to tackle a major threat to the North East's heritage buildings and structures This is a list of famous or notable buildings with articles about them. By Category
The region has the most Grade I and Grade II-star listed buildings at risk in the country but also the lowest number of skilled craftspeople crafts·people
People who practice a craft; artisans. to carry out the necessary repair and restoration work.
Yesterday school parties visited the North East Heritage Skills Fair at the National Trust's Gibside estate near Rowlands Gill.
The aim was to give youngsters a taste of the range of traditional skills and to consider them as a future career.
The finals were held of a regional competition in which schools had put forward a team to set up its own company, chose a local heritage building, and carried out public consultation on ideas for its conversion and reuse.
The teams then had to come up with plans and a model which showed a new life for the building.
The winners were High Tunstall College of Science High Tunstall College of Science (since 2005; previously High Tunstall Comprehensive School) is a secondary school in Hartlepool, England. The school was originally a boys technical school, but adopted its current form and name in 1973 after changes in the British schools in Hartlepool, with their scheme for the empty Tunstall Court, the listed local mansion of industrialist Sir William Grey.
Finalists were Thomas Hepburn School in Gateshead, with Wrekenton Community Centre, Walbottle Campus in Newcastle with Benwell Towers, and South Moor School in Sunderland with Ryhope Pumping Station.
The fair continues today and tomorrow and visitors can see and sample crafts like blacksmithing, lime plastering, dry stone walling and masonry. Other crafts include making oak riven rive
v. rived, riv·en also rived, riv·ing, rives
1. To rend or tear apart.
2. To break into pieces, as by a blow; cleave or split asunder.
3. fencing, leadwork, pottery, coracle making, brewing, traditional sweet making, beekeeping beekeeping
Care and manipulation of honeybees to enable them to produce and store more honey than they need so that the excess can be collected. Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of animal husbandry. , roofing, marbling marbling, in bookbinding, a process of coloring the sides, edges, or end papers of a book in a design that suggests the veins and mottles of marble. In tree marbling, as of tree calf bindings, the design suggests also the trunk and branches of a tree. , sash window joinery joinery, craft of assembling exposed woodwork in the interiors of buildings. Where carpentry refers to the rougher, simpler, and primarily structural elements of wood assembling, joinery has to do with difficult surfaces and curvatures, such as those of spiral , ship's rigging, coppicing For the locality in Oldham, see Coppice, Greater Manchester.
Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management in which young tree stems are cut down to near ground level. , horse logging, weaving, lacemaking lacemaking
Methods of producing lace. The popularity of handmade laces led to the invention of lacemaking machines in the 19th century (see John Heathcoat). Early models required intricate engineering mechanisms. , stained glass, Durham quilting, proggy mat making, and wool spinning. The North East Heritage Skills Initiative was set up after a study spotlighted the shortfall in traditional skills in the region and the lack of training opportunities.
It led to the appointment of Andie Harris as regional heritage skills co-ordinator.
She said yesterday that the region was losing out on repair grants because there were not enough skilled people to carry out work.
"Yet heritage is a major tourism pull in the North East," she said. The North East has two world heritage sites, over 1,400 scheduled ancient monuments, 280 conservation areas, 12,150 listed buildings, and 51 historic parks and gardens.
SHOWING HOW Chris Helliwell demonstrates his pole lathe turning skills at Gibside Chapel.; WINNING TEAM High Tunstall College of Science students, from left, Alex Kitching, Chris McCamm, Jason Ahmed-Popal, Jenny Hugill, Victoria Johnston, Stephen McAllister, Laurence Jones and Robert Ash. Picture: Paul Norris www.journallive.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 01125855