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MissouriFree 08-30-2017 05:04 PM

The endanger crafts list
Thought some of you might enjoy this comprehensive list of endangered craft/skill.

Very detailed with great links if you want to learn more about any particular skill.


Jjr 08-30-2017 07:45 PM

Many are time consuming, with little profits and low volume sales. But it is a shame to see them all vanish.

As to one example: I have had many shoes & boots resoled in years past, but today I do not know where a shoe shop is in the North half of this state.

MotherCharlotte 08-31-2017 03:40 PM

Fascinating list, but also sad. Many of these skills brought beauty to the world that is rarely to be found in these days of mass production.

I have bookmarked the list. I home school my kids and maybe when they're a bit older we can find something unique to try out.

jvcstone 09-10-2017 11:09 PM

I've made a pretty good living in the stone trades--masonry, carving, lettering, fireplace building (I can/could build a fine rumford fireplace), even some drywalling. Not too many young people want to go into such work since they've been conned into believing that the only way ahead is through a college degree. It seems that might be starting to change again, though, as the math (money in v money out) doesn't work out too well in a lot of cases. Anyway, there are a couple of organizations in the US that a person interested in the various stone trades can contact.


Stoners are the best;)

Jjr 09-12-2017 11:44 PM

[QUOTE=jvcstone;434037](money in v money out) doesn't work out too well in a lot of cases.
It doesn't matter how much income one has. What really matters is how much is left after expenses.

blackpowderbill 10-12-2017 10:24 AM

Cabinet maker
I have a cabinet maker around the corner from me. As the locals told me. He started out installing and making cabinets for anyone. Then he did on job in a large home.

He hasn't looked back so I was told. He now only does high end fabrications and installs. I'm sure he has seen his ups and downs.

Lots of labor for most crafts and little reward until or unless you can find a niche area.

Setanta 10-24-2017 08:11 PM

before my internet went out a few weeks ago I read this link and was thinking a lot on it, a lot of those "endangered skills" are actually incredibly common. but then I thought about where their rake makers were based out of, they said there were only 2 professional rake makers left in the UK. upon thinking it over more this list became apparent that these are rare and endangered skills in England and Wales, not worldwide. their listing farriers as an endangered skill may mean that few people have the money to have horses in England so only a handful of people need that skill, but in the US there are huge numbers of horses and in my county alone there are 4 farrier shops (mostly to serve the amish but a lot of non amish also have horses too). sure the UK might only have 2 or 3 professional farriers left but the US has thousands.

so my point is that this is a list of endangered skills in England, not a list of skills dying out worldwide

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