Unique PREHISTORIC evidence of working for alluvial tin, the location of the world's first documented tin stamping mill (1493) and its 18th century tin mine makes Poldark one of Cornwall’s most important heritage assets. Situated in the picturesque Cober River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, once the scene of intense industrial activity, the attractive surroundings and gardens belie their industrial past.
Poldark is once again the scene of activity with craft workshops run by local crafts people.
The Poldark Wood Turners club is a voluntary local organisation and have around 30 members from all walks of life that work at the Mine Wood Turning shop and produce a wide range of interesting wooden creations. These are made from all sorts of exotic species of wood, sometimes burr wood and more readily available types of wood. All are for sale at most reasonable prices in their display shop which is attached to the club room and workshops. Some are quite amazing, such as globes, skeleton clocks, beautiful salad or fruit bowls, plain and intricate candlesticks (the list is endless) and other sculpted items, more modest pull switch handles will turn your boring old plastic one into something that can be admired and for a modest investment. Usually items can be made to order, just explain what you want to the person on duty.
The Jewellery workshop demonstrates the art of working with metals and soft glass, and stained glass pieces can be made on the spot to your special order. Its amazing to see these artists at work and they are always delighted to chat and show visitors how to do this intricate work.
Its intended to introduce other workshops in 2015 so that candle making and pottery can be purchased and demonstrations given to visitors.
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