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Busy Hands: What the Shappie Boys did next

Oct 16, 2021   -   Feb 18, 2022

The history of Barnstaple’s furniture making company Shapland and Petter goes back over 100 years. Known as North Devon’s biggest employer during the 20th Century the factory was renowned for its high quality wood-working apprenticeship.

The Busy Hands exhibition focuses on several ex-employees who still use their wood-working skills today. Whether its turning beautiful bowls or creating historic model ships the exhibition showcases how these skills were embedded in Shapland and Petter’s apprentices for life.

Free Admission


Two model schooner ships sit on plinths in the exhibition space.

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