Evening Talk: Meet the Craftsperson – Traditional Apprenticeship in the Modern World

Tuesday 2nd June 2019 | 6pm | 54 Bell Street, Glasgow

Think masters, journeymen, and travelling apprentices in ancient crafts are a thing of the past? Welcome to the world of the European Compagnons, an ancient traditional still very much alive… And we’ve brought them to Glasgow!

Apprenticeship is a tradition so much richer than our current modern qualifications. On the continent, traditional travelling apprenticeships of the old-world are still very much alive, with thousands of craftspeople travelling around Europe every year honing and sharing their skills. They are called compagnons, an ancient tradition that still produces the master craftspeople who make the art, furniture, and buildings we value most highly.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is very privileged to welcome three traditional craftspeople in the compagnon tradition, who will speak to us about craft, tradition, and the unbelievable journey taken in the pursuit of craft mastery.

Fabio Bianchi is a journeyman carpenter who, through a project with GCHT, has just completed his mastery assessment. His master-piece table, the new centrepiece of our Community Room, will be on display.

Florent Chevereuil is a master carpenter who settled in Scotland and uses his workshop, Ecosse Bespoke Joinery, to host and train travelling compagnon apprentices.

Fabrice Gillier is a coppersmith trained in the traditional compagnon, who uses his experience and expertise to educate others about taking the journey.

This event is free to attend, including light refreshment, and donations are always greatly appreciated!


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