There’s a raft of cool craft hap­pen­ings this month, from new books that en­cour­age DIY carv­ing to breath­tak­ing art-glass dis­plays. Here’s how you can get in­volved

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BOOKS New ti­tle The Craft Com­pan­ion (right, Thames & Hud­son, £24.95) is a com­pre­hen­sive com­pen­dium for bud­ding mak­ers. Its 400 pages list the req­ui­site tools, pro­file key de­signer-mak­ers and of­fer mas­ter­classes in ev­ery­thing from felt­ing and cross-stitch to gild­ing and mar­bling. Else­where, Max Bain­bridge, co-founder of For­est & Found – win­ner in the Craft cat­e­gory at this year’s ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion Bri­tish De­sign Awards – has writ­ten The Ur­ban Woods­man: A Modern Guide to Carv­ing Spoons, Bowls and Boards (right, Kyle Books, £16.99), in which he ex­tols wood­carv­ing as a way of con­nect­ing with na­ture. FAIR ‘Hand­made in Bri­tain’ cel­e­brates its tenth an­niver­sary this year with a two-for-one of­fer on all ad­vance tick­ets. High­lights in­clude Kei Tom­i­naga’s met­al­work (‘Bud Dress’ vase, far right), Desa Philippi’s chalky white porce­lain table­ware (din­ner set, right), and Mike Topham’s witty Alexan­der Calder-es­que ‘wire il­lus­tra­tions’ ( Mine, bot­tom right). 11–13 Novem­ber, Chelsea Old Town Hall ( hand­madeinbri­ OPEN STU­DIO Bow Arts, the phil­an­thropic body that runs eight shared live-work spa­ces across east London, has opened a new venue in a Grade Ii-listed for­mer li­brary (top). The build­ing has been con­verted by ar­chi­tec­ture firm Ap­pa­rata. Work­ing with Cre­ate London and Ne­wham Coun­cil, artists run work­shops and oc­ca­sional open stu­dios in ex­change for their workspace (old­manor­park­li­ EX­HI­BI­TION On the edge of the North York­shire moors, in the pic­turesque mar­ket town of Kir­by­moor­side, sits Bils and Rye, a small but per­fectly formed modern art gallery. This month, it is host­ing an ‘Emerg­ing Pot­ters’ ex­hi­bi­tion of work by lit­tle-known Bri­tish artists. Our top picks in­clude Judy Mcken­zie (top right) and Anne-marie Ja­cobs (right). Un­til 31 Oc­to­ber ( bil­

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