Conversations from Land's End to John o'Groats by Nick Hand

Conversations from Land's End to John o'Groats by Nick Hand

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Conversations from Land's End to John o'Groats by Nick Hand

This book is a collection of stories of crafts that are associated with a particular place. Pottery in St Ives, cider brandy in Somerset, shoes in Northamptonshire, trousers in Hebden Bridge and whisky in Speyside are among the trades visited by Nick Hand, who cycled to each factory and workshop on his way from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

The 1,273 miles were all completed on the printing bike — a bicycle that has a printing press on the back. At each location Nick letterpress printed over 70 postcards on the Adana press. Each card featured an illustration celebrating the craft of the place he was in.

This project was called Journeyman. Journeyman is a term used for a trained worker after finishing an apprenticeship who would take to the road with their union card to look for work. It was these tradespeople, like the knife grinders, that inspired Nick Hand to embark on the journey.



“Without exception, the workshops and factories were places where ordered tools and ancient machines are put to use, as they have been for centuries, to make the things that we use in our homes and workplaces. They are made to such quality that they are often the things that our children will also treasure in the future. Celebrating these crafts of our little island is such an important thing.” says Nick.

Conversations from Land’s End to John o’Groats presents 12 stories which are accompanied by Nick Hand’s photography and original wood engravings by artist Molly Lemon. A map of the journey was created as a lino cut by the artist Hannah Cousins and illustrator Jon McNaught engraved an image of Nick cycling and printing on the printing bike which was featured on the cover. The book also includes images of each of the postcards printed and posted along the journey that are were created by various artists.

Published by The Department Of Small Works (140 x  173mm, 72 pages, Hardback, cloth-bound, colour throughout with dust-wrapper. Printed on paper accredited by The Forest Stewardship Council.)