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Craftsmen in Leather

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This film by Sam Hanna looks at the work of a saddler's workshop in Darwen, Lancashire. Shots of the busy road running outside the workshop are followed by footage of four of the workers, including a young female apprentice, undertaking different tasks inside. A bridle, some stitching threads and padding, a halter, a plume and a saddle are shown being made or assembled in the workshop as the narrator extols the virtues of the craftsmanship. The film ends with a harness and the saddle being fitted to a draught horse, which is in turn hitched to a bright red cart in preparation for a local carnival.


saddler apprentice bridle stitching halter plume harness carnival

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The Manchester Metropolitan University
Minshull House
47-49 Chorlton Street
M1 3EU
United Kingdom


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