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Basketry at St Dunstan's

Many blind veterans turned the trade of basket making into an occupation.

Basketry tools

Basketry was the oldest of the trades taught at St Dunstans's, now Blind Veterans UK, and it survived for many years because it didn't provide the added of handling machinery. 

However there were tools that were involved in basket making which many of the blind veterans used.

Henry Hammett was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery who came to us in 1918 after losing his sight at Ypres in 1917. He trained in poultry farming and basket making and made a livelihood out of both trades . He died in 1961.

Pamela, Henry's daughter, gave the charity his set of tools as well as one of the baskets he made.

 

 Hammett Basket