#MySundayPhoto – The Masters Apprentice.

Thomas Smith established The Royal Sussex Trug way back in 1819, just before Queen Victoria ascended the British Throne. Thomas Smith invented the Sussex Trug by reinventing  the historic ‘Trog’ an idea dating back from Anglo Saxo times. In doing so, Thomas Smith had a profound effect on Sussex and the English Garden Scene as we Know it.

Finlay’s Grandad, Robin Purchased the company in 1989. Since then the company has had its fair share of ups and downs. The company was hit particularly hard by the recent recession, as were many small independent businesses. However, with passion a perseverance  the company has come out fighting. Today it continues to go from strength to strength, selling Trugs all over the world. Some of its famous customers include HRM the Queen and Alan Titchmarsh!

For many years, Chris was the Master Trug Maker for the company, producing thousands upon thousands of handcrafted Trugs. Each Trug is personally signed, a stamp of quality approval. If you own a Trug, check the bottom, it may be personally signed by Chris! Although Chris has now left the company, he is still actively involved with the business. He regularly helps train the new apprentices and runs the twice yearly ‘Trug courses’ at Singleton Open Air Museum. He also pops in every now and then just to help out. Once a Masters Craftsman, Always a Master Craftsman.

Finlay loves nothing more than to visit his Grandad at the Trug workshop in Herstmonceux. Fin was super excited to find out he was going on a visit while I was tucked up Ill in bed. He was even more excited to help his daddy out ever so proud to help his daddy at work!! #MySundayPhoto




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