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The Prince's Master Crafters: The Next Generation

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Episode 6: The Prince's Master Crafters: The Next Generation

Summary

Third-generation pargeter Johanna Welsh delivers the final masterclass in her speciality, which is a form of ornamental plasterwork

Review

Susie Dent’s word of the week in our puzzles section ought to be “pargeting”, or decorative plastering — the final class in the six students’ heritage craft foundation course. As we learn, it’s thought that Henry VIII introduced pargeting to England in the 16th century by importing Italian plasterers to decorate Nonsuch Palace in Surrey.

Expert Johanna Welsh sets them the task of creating an acorn-and-oak-leaf design, and after initial hesitation, they all take to the skill like a trowel to lime — even if Jo laughs at herself for using the wrong tool. And host Jim Moir visits the village of Clare in Suffolk to see examples on external walls.

It’s been a delightful series, free of the stresses normally associated with the genre (it’s more craft than competition), and next week, the students present their graduation pieces to Prince Charles at Highgrove House.

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