Carpentry and Joinery Tools
The history of joinery and carpentry at St Dunstan's.
Unlike basketry and mat-making, carpentry or joinery was not a traditional blind man's trade. So when it was introduced at St Dunstan's, now Blind Veterans UK, it was because someone did it, was good at it and others followed suit.
That someone in this case, Ernest Hope Atkinson, was not a St Dunstaner but a man who had lost his sight at the turn of the century and was a skilled carpenter. Sir Arthur Pearson brought him along to do some carpentry at St Dunstan's Lodge and was so impressed by Hope's skills that he decided to add joinery to the list of teachable trades.
Hope became a chief instructor on the principle that the most suitable leaders of the blind are the blind. Those he taught mostly used the normal carpenter's tools although some were specially adapted, for example rules were marked by notches and used laths to guide sewing.
Whilst the aim was not to teach the blind veterans to be a complete all round joiners, many were able to make saleable items such as photo frames, tea trays, corner cupboards and occasional tables.
2013 saw the arrival of bees at our Llandudno centre. However, this is not the first time that Blind Veterans UK has been involved with bees.
The glass was originally placed in the chapel at our centre at West House, Brighton, and was later transferred to the new chapel where it remains today.
The only Victoria Cross awarded to a blind veteran.
A memorial tribute to our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson.
Over one hundred blind veterans from the First World War were trained to become telephone operators.
The memorial that signifies the strong friendship between United Kingdom and Holland.
Blind veteran, Ted Miller, from Leamington Spa, had his stunning doll houses featured on BBC Television.
Dancing was a not only a form of excercise for the blind veterans but was also the most popular indoor recreation at St Dunstan's.
Blind veteran sets up his own business repairing boots and making clogs.
A celebratory concert in honour of St Dunstan's After Care work.
A plaque to mark the strong relationship between the town of Church Stretton and St Dunstan's.
A beautiful sculpture presented to the owners of St Dunstan's Lodge by Sir Arthur Pearson.
Blind veteran Maria Pikulski completes a wing walk.
A memorial commemorating Blind Veterans UK Chairman, Lord Ian Fraser.