hose videos about British clog maker Jeremy Atkinson were very well received this past Thursday. It seems only fitting that I should follow up with a video or two about the Welsh clog maker who alerted me to their existence. I'm referring to Trefor Owen...who I'm sorry to say I first introduced to this blog after he pointed out that I had other U. K. clog makers listed in my sidebar, but not himself. Ooops! Trefor's work may be a wee bit familiar if you recall the post that featured a Welsh designer by the name of Fflur. He's the man who crafted the clogs for this young woman's degree collection. From my brief e-encounters with him, I can tell you he's very much what Fflur called him in an e-mail to me:
I'm sure he would love to discuss clogs with you. He's like the clog god! He knows everything you will ever need to know about them.
Well, after so much water under the bridge, I'm happy to be able finally to give him the acknowledgment he clearly merits. And with any luck, I hope to honor him with a full feature in the future on ECHID. Fingers crossed.
For the moment, though, let me at least let you get to know Mr. Owen better through the videos of him that exist on YouTube. He and his wife Rhiannon (don't you just love the fact that that's her name?) got into the clog making business due to their love of traditional dancing in the U. K. And fashion fiends that you and I might be, it's apparently the art of Morris dancing that fuels the craft. Trefor writes that he's currently training a young Morris dancer from New England in the skills necessary to create a proper pair of shoes.
But this is all information I hope to cover in some future interview with Trefor Owen. I am content to simply whet your appetite with these short pieces from YouTube.
[On my feet as I blog: showing solidarity with my extremely good friend Melissa by wearing a pair of rubber rain boots while I putter about the condo taking care of a 6 hour writing project for a client. It was cool and clear in Chicago, but in Miss Melly's part of the world, Hurricane Sandy is knocking on the door.]