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Paper marbler Victoria Hall from Norfolk.<br />
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The Heritage Craft Association have released a 'Red list' of Britains most critically endagered crafts and craftsmen.<br />
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The list highlights some age old skills that are in grave danger of becoming extinct in the country formely known as the 'Workshop of the World'.<br />
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According to research carried out on behalf of the HCA, four crafts have become extinct in the UK in the past 10 years – cricket ball making, gold beating, lacrosse stick making and sieve and riddle making.<br />
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A further 17 crafts are classified as 'critically endangered' since they have only a handful of practitioners and few have any trainees. <br />
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These include saw making, hat block making, horse collar making, paper marbling, piano making and making wooden planes for furniture. <br />
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However, there are artisans scattered around the country keeping these traditional crafts alive who have long waiting lists because there is still a demand for their very specialised skills.