Traditional Skills CE Scheme – Traditional Craft by Waterford
The Traditional Skills CE Scheme is based on traditional skills development for participants and for the benefit of the local tourist industry. Skills are being developed through the construction of reproduction pieces using traditional equipment and tools wherever possible.
The scheme is in its infancy having commenced in February 2014. Woodturning, boat building, ceramics and jewellery making are the primary crafts of focus this year. It is envisaged that this innovative CE scheme will capitalise on the heritage aspects of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, by enhancing Waterford’s tourist trails.
The programme provides an environment in which participants combine their skills and knowledge, in a collaborative manner to develop hand turned wooden pieces, jewellery, ceramics and traditional skills demonstration sites. The scheme presented a Medieval Fair as part of the WiKID Festival on June 21st & 22nd, 2014 where visitors had the opportunity to try their hand at the different crafts whilst learning a little of the history. Links to other festivals and tourism organisations continue to be forged.
This project is supported by the Department of Social Protection, which is funded by the Irish Government.