Clogs! I’ve noticed a trend for these typically Dutch wooden soled shoes this winter so, not content with naff high street imitations, I’ve dug out the last of the traditional cloggers making bespoke clogs in England. If you like your shoes to stand out Jeremy Atkinson is the man for you. Hand dyed, hand carved and with the ability to include your own bespoke design, Jeremy’s clogs are unique in every way.
From a line of cloggers that stretches back centuries Jeremy is keen to keep this dying tradition alive, “I was taught by a man, who was taught by a man, who was taught by a man. I have in turn taught a Welshman, it’s only fair”.
His passion for clog making is also evident on his website The Clogmaker where he talks at length about the materials and techniques he uses, “I tend to use young 20-30 year old Welsh Marches sycamore cut green with the centuries old traditional 3 swivel knives out of a split trunk of between 6 – 8 inches in diameter.” If you want to get geeky about clog making this is the place to do it.
With prices starting at £155 a pair of these beautifully hand crafted shoes are almost too good to wear! If, on the other hand, you fancy trying your hand at clog making and helping to keep this rare tradition alive, Jeremy demonstrates at many UK craft shows throughout the year. Keep your eye on his website for details.