Sheffield Design Week Workshop:
A unique opportunity to sit around Stuart Mitchell's workbench (that was his fathers) to listen to him and his guests discuss, anything, from ...
Me, and how I am still using that bench...
Them, if they want...
How designs become knives...
How my knives are designed, and then what...
Portland Works, I know quite a bit...
Two opportunities available:
Talk/Workshop only. £10
An intimate talk and demonstration, sit around the bench, chat and listen to the stories.
The second gets all that too, but you also get a knife to take away with you...
As per the photos I make a range of solid steel knives, Sheffield made Stainless Steel too, things of true beauty, tactile and supremely fit for purpose, generally priced at £100, that same £100 will get you a knife and that same workbench experience...
Workshop times and dates:
Sunday October 30th
Workshop one: 11am-12pm
Workshop two: 3pm-4pm
How many people can attend each workshop?
Cost per person for attending your workshop:
£10 for regular attendees
£100 for workshop session and a knife (meaning the workshop session is then free)
Who is Stuart Mitchell?
Stuart Mitchell took the business over from his dad in 1996, who was there since 1980. He completed a traditional knife-makers apprenticeship with his dad when he was 15 and eventually went on to take over the business.
He works in the same workshops Harry Brearley used to create Stainless Steel in 1913 and uses stainless steel and bespoke materials to create handcrafted knives.
He works alone and his custom-built knives attract a lot of attention, therefore there is a waiting list for his knives, but believe us… They’re worth the wait!
Stuart Mitchell Q&A
We caught up with Stuart to try and find out what makes him tick.
Who or what inspired you to do what you do?
A desire to take the skills and experience of a traditional Sheffield cutlery trade apprenticeship and meld them into the materials, products and demands of a modern day, worldwide, knife market...
How would you describe your work?
Handmade, bespoke knives...
Where are you based? How would you describe Portland Works and your workshop?
Portland Works has played a major part in my life, my family business moved here 36 years ago, every nook and cranny has a memory for me... Not only a tenant these days but also chair of the organisation that I helped set up to fight redevelopment and eventually buy it...
Thinking of your role as a maker, what are you most proud of, and why?
Keeping the brand Sheffield England, with respect to cutlery and knives, hand in hand with the highest quality of product...
What is the most satisfying part of the work you do?
Seeing the knives into the hands of the folk who commission them, the feedback that returns as a result of that but also the lessons that the making of each and every knife teaches me, never stop learning...
What are you working on at the moment?
As of today, sword blades for the Arabian market, steak knives for a Michelin star pub and various outdoor knives...
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Information about Portland Works:
Portland Works, a red brick grade II* listed factory, is one of Sheffield’s most iconic Victorian buildings. Built in 1879, the engine room of Sheffield’s industrial revolution has diversified substantially over the last century. The birthplace of stainless steel is now home to 23 makers specialising in contemporary and traditional manufacturing. Product versatility extends from custom made knives to sipping gins. Items produced today at Portland Works play a role in a myriad of daily activities from keeping coats off of the floor at Arbourthorne Primary School to serving cream cakes at the Savoy, Britain’s first luxury hotel.
Two world wars later and Portland Works has seen better days, despite the odds being stacked against renovation and rebirth, the site of significant historical importance was saved in 2013 by over 500 community shareholders. The once neglected building is now in a state of continued renovation, steadily transforming a romantic ruin into affordable and retrofitted workshops fit for future generations of Sheffield makers.
Find out more information www.portlandworks.co.uk
Georgina Barrett - Manager
0114 275 9354