David Holmes

David Holmes is a collector, restorer and bookbinder with an enthusiasm for unconsidered trifles. In his spare time he has spent the last 35 years restoring his and Caroline's 15th century cottage balancing authenticity in true arts and crafts spirit with the needs of modernity. In his quest for antiques, tools and artefacts he has trawled tips and car boot sales as well as high end Fine Art Auctions and specialist dealers. His talks and demonstrations make full use of his trained eye and ability to turn his hand equally to the intricacies of book binding, dovetailing oak and trimming hedges. The ‘raking up the past’ talks are entertainingly illustrated with images and examples, and his demonstrations with fresh material from their garden.


  1. An introduction to Antiques – what to look for and where to find it
  2. Early Antique Glass
  3. Twentieth and Twenty-first century glass – antiques of the future
  4. Raking up the past – antique garden tools
  5. Garden Garlands – weave your garden shrubs and herbs into year round wreaths

Contact him on 01284 810653 or email him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fees start from £75 plus travel


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