This is the story of Barry Knight one of the few remaining tanners in the UK. Situated in the centre of Bristol, within the seemingly untouched grounds, lies an old Tannery. Thomas Ware & Sons dates back to the 1840’s, the beginning of the Victorian era, yet their technique and craftsmanship remains unchanged.
This short film, produced by Falcon Productions, is part of an ongoing series, Tales of Forgotten Crafts, which includes crafting clogs and perfecting guitars.
I was struck by Barry’s perspective as a traditional craftsman working in a fast-moving modern world and how one could easily walk by their tannery without a clue of what is going on inside. It reminds me that there is a wealth of leathercrafting resources out there, sometimes hidden in plain sight.