Mary Rose

Spice Mills

Just finished a new batch of spice mills based on the Mary Rose example. These break down into 3 parts: a base pot, the central collar with the grating plate, and the top part providing the pressure. Most of the ones below are made from ash, with the exception of the smaller beech one on the right, and most are also spoken for! Hopefully there will be time to make a few more before TORM in March, otherwise they can be made to order 🙂

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Latest embroidered bag…



Another version of the IHS bag recovered from the Mary Rose (1545).

Last embroidered bag for the time being… my eyes need a rest!

Tudor boxwood seal

This is a copy of a seal found on the Mary Rose which bears the initials GI within the design.

Part of a batch of items commissioned for filming/handling at the Mary Rose.

3 knives

These were made for filming/handling props for the Mary Rose. The handles are copies of originals, the blades are conjectural, as none survived.

Embroidered Tudor Pouch – some revisions lower down…

This bag has been a long time in the making! I did the first mockups for it over 10 years ago when I first realised how beautiful it would have been. For one reason or another it then lay dormant until last month when it was recognised it would be needed for AV filming for the new Mary Rose museum.

The bag itself is a multi compartmental leather pouch with inner pouchlets. In my version it is also lined with silk, and the pouchlets are made from the same material, and closed with silk drawstrings finished with bone beads. The belt loops on the back of the pouch did not survive, but similar examples survive from the ship which still had their loops, so I used those for reference. The three panels are embroidered with silver thread – for cost reasons I had to use DMC divisible silver thread, but maybe one day I’ll make a panel in real silver… 😉

There are things I’m not happy with (the border is scruffy where I tried to thicken it afterwards, the loops are a different leather because I ran out of the other, the leather itself is too shiny and wouldn’t take the hide food). I guess they are small things to some people, but very irritating for me… ‘Must do better next time’

I was going to upload just the pictures of the bag, but I think it might be useful for people to see how I work and why some jobs are so darn expensive…

The pictures below show the bag following some revisions that came to light after studying some other bags and pouches in the collection…






Mary Rose feeding spoon

Made for an upcoming project… but there will be some on the stall at the next market in March…


Delivered at TORM last weekend

A pair of rather lovely sand timers…

The one on the left is a 30 minute timer, with spalted beech ends capped with leather, and turned boxwood spindles. The one on the right is a 10 minute timer (with a longer glass profile) and is all oak, with split boxwood hoops for protection. Both frames are examples of ones found on board the Mary Rose.

Still making combs

I’ve been a bit busy recently, but have found time to make a few combs as well.

Here’s one of them (with a sheep skin pouch)…

It’s a near-exact replica of one of the Mary Rose combs, which was found complete with it’s pouch. Only ‘near-exact’ because the original comb had a broken end…

Boxwood beads

This is just a selection of the beads I am able to supply, made to order. They are all versions of Tudor beads recovered from the Mary Rose. Most are of boxwood, apart from those in the centre which are marked. Many of these are also available in bone, at an increased cost, or in other woods, such as ebony.


Bags for spindles and yarn

A couple of leather bags made to hold yarn and spindles. The square bag is a large (VERY large) version of a Tudor example recovered from the Mary Rose, although I doubt they were knitting or spinning on board the ship! I normally make them for fishing or tool kits. The smaller, drawstring bag is made from two colours of soft sheep skin, and has a leather draw cord. It is completely round when opened flat and holds a surprising amount. Both are made with natural, vegetable tanned leather/skin and are hand sewn with linen thread. The square bag measures 20x13cm at the base, 23x16cm at the top and is 36cm tall. The round, gathered bag has a diameter of 42cm.