The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, makes awards ranging between £1,000 and £18,000 to craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers. Since 1991 the Trust has awarded £2.4 million to 339 craftspeople aged between 17 and 50 plus for study, training and work experience.

In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship to train with Master Armourer David Hewitt. Since then I have been lucky to be able to take part in a small number of QEST events and meet other scholars, here are links to some of them. Their work and talent is amazing and well worthy of a visit.

Gizzi Leather – Wonderful workmanship and a great chap to boot, made to order leather satchels and bags – completely handmade in a colour and size to suit your personal requirements.

Sophie D’Souza Stained Glass – Imaginative, precise work. Sophie trained at Central Saint Martins where she completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Glass and Architecture.

Christabel Anderson‘s iconography and calligraphy perfectly captures the period originals and shows them in their original splendour.

Davina Chapman‘s clear and beautiful calligraphy captures historic and modern work wonderfully.

Bernard Johnson‘s clarity in stone carving always leaves me wondering quite how it is achieved in stone.

Carréducker create custom shoes for men, traditionally made and designed with a contemporary aesthetic to suit each client’s individual style.