Owen JonesBorn: 1959
Place of Birth: Cumbria
Owen Jones MBE lives and works in Cumbria and has been making traditional oak swills and baskets since 1988.
"I was taught to make swills in 1988 by a retired ‘Swiller’ from Broughton-in-Furness, called John Barker. John had served his time in a 1930’s swill shop and when I met him he was one of the last swillers from that generation who were still making them. Now there is no one left alive from that era and I feel very privileged to have been taught by John, to have learnt from within the tradition and to now continue a local trade which has remained largely unchanged for centuries. When I first started I was supplied my oak and hazel by a local coppice man, Bill Hogarth, who was reliable, knew what I wanted and became a good friend. Bill was the last true coppice merchant in this area and after he died I had to source my own wood and so for the last 17 years I have been coppicing in the local Rusland valley. When I learnt the trade, I just caught the tail end of their previous uses and sold to farmers and industries e.g a snuff factory. However this market soon dried up and so from the early days I travelled countrywide to demonstrate and sell at fairs and shows. From selecting and felling the oak, through to completing the swill, all is done by my hand."
Owen exhibited in our Wood exhibition, April 2019.
Owen Jones making an Oak Swill in his Cumbrian home View details
Handled Oak Swill I View details
Handled Oak Swill I2021oakH:34cm W:42cm D:33cmSoldHandled Oak Swill II View details
Handled Oak Swill II2021oakH:34cm W:42cm D:33cmSoldTraditional Oak Swill Basket III View details
Traditional Oak Swill Basket III2021oakH:24cm W:58cm D:46.5cmSoldTraditional Oak Swill Basket II View details
Traditional Oak Swill Basket II2021oakH:24cm W:58cm D:46.5cmSoldTraditional Oak Swill Basket I View details
Traditional Oak Swill Basket I2021oakH:24cm W:58cm D:46.5cmSoldBlack & White Round Shallow Oak Basket View details
Black & White Round Shallow Oak BasketOakH:13cm D:39cmSoldHandled Oak Swill View details
Handled Oak SwillOakD:41cmSoldTraditional Oak Swill Basket View details
Traditional Oak Swill BasketOakD:56cmSoldOak Swills View details
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