The questions we asked …


If you could teach me one thing that would give me the best possible idea of what it’s like to do what you do, what would it be?

How long has it taken you to learn your skill/craft?  Why did you start it?  How long do you think you will continue?

What personal archaeology (scars, dents, callouses, deformities), that result from your work/skill, can be revealed through your hands/feet?

How do you prepare?

What are the best weather conditions for you to work in?

Do you have a favourite song/tune that you whistle, sing, hum whilst you work?

Gloves or no gloves?

Boots, shoes or wellies?

Where shall I start? North, South, East or West?

Do you have any habitual behaviours that you indulge in when you are working?  (For example: Sally gives herself mental arithmetic tasks when she’s walking along particular fields in West Dorset.)

Where do you sit when you take a break? If it is not the same place each time, are there any specific qualities you look for when choosing where to sit?

Tell me something about your work/skill that frustrates you?

If you package up a piece of your work place and put it in a box to preserve it, what would you choose? And why?

What’s the last thing you do when your work/skill session is over?
(And often, we fold out into conversation among the questions …. )