"Is it of any worth? well once it's gone it's gone"
The Clog Maker’s Apprentice
Awards: Runner Up – Vimeo: Stories Lived
This is the story of JoJo Wood, a clog-maker’s apprentice in Kington, Herefordshire, and daughter of one of the best bowl carver’s around. A childhood rich with ‘making’ has instilled in JoJo an inherent creativity and passion for this type of work, the technique and processes passed down through generations providing ‘a living connection to who we are and an important part of our past’. Not only does this line of work connect families and communities, but it imbues each hand-made piece with a sense of history, memory and nostalgia, forming a tangible link to the past. It is vital that these skills are passed on. Jeremy Atkinson, her tutor, is the last traditional clog-maker in England who is still making a living from his trade after over 30 years of grafting, and therefore has an intimate understanding of the importance of preservation, describing how ‘there are seed banks all over the world to keep different things alive because they might be needed in the future, you could say the same thing about craft’. JoJo is a wonderful example of this, and since the making of this film has gone on to establish a successful business from her home in the Herefordshire woodland. Her story was filmed in the intimate location of The Clog Maker’s shop in the heart of the town and shot using the Panasonic GH4 on two lenses across a single afternoon.