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Six cabinet makers from the Picardy region of northern France visited various makers at their workshops throughout Sussex in May - an opportunity to see how different makers work,to discuss methods, equipment, workshops, timber and finance, and to see finished products of varied style. Potential business links are being fostered with the possibility of designs being sold, skills being contracted, and new markets developed.French and English participants will be exhibiting furniture in a unique show at the Woodland Enterprise Centre on October 7th, 8th, 9th. English participants will travel to Picardy in November to visit workshops and sawmills.

This exchange is organised by Action in Rural Sussex in conjunction with Weald WoodNet and the Chambre de Metiers in the Somme as part of the Rural Networks Project.

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M. Spooner, Sussex furniture maker and master wood carver, explaining his finishing techniques to visiting cabinet makers from Picardy July-August 2005

- News July- August 2005