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Weʼre raising £10,000 to for a permanent, public memorial to Sheffield cutlery legend and the last 'Little Mester’ Stan Shaw who died in 2021 at the age of 94.

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We are raising funds to create a lasting memorial to master craftsman and Sheffield cutler Stan Shaw who died last year at the age of 94. Stan spent almost 80 years of his life making exquisitely beautiful hand made knives for rock stars and Royalty.

Stan spent ten years in hospital after a fall at the age of 4 and despite this worked for a number of notable Sheffield firms for almost 40 years before launching himself into self-employment on the Government's Enterprise Allowance Scheme in 1983 after being made redundant.

His reputation for fine hand made penknives soon grew and in 2016 he was awarded the BEM for services to cutlery manufacturing in Sheffield, the first time and cutler had been given this honour. He was also made an Honorary Freeman of the Company of Cutlers in Sheffield. Stan made knives for Her Majesty the Queen along with members of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly's band along with customers in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.

In 2009 Stan moved to a workshop in Kelham Island Museum where visitors could see him working to create these wonderful masterpieces. A special memorial service is to be held at Sheffield Cathedral for Stan on Sunday 27th February and you are invited to join us to remember a remarkably humble craftsman who has left us with a lasting legacy in Sheffield.

Initial ideas include a series of plaques, artworks and a 'Stan Shaw Discovery Trail' to ensure his contribution to our City is not lost. Please help us with your donation.

Stan wrote these touching words about his work before he died

“Since 1941 I have been hand-crafting fine Sheffield pen and pocketknives. First for some of the most famous firms in Sheffield and then in my own workshop. Since the 1980’s while the industry collapsed around me, I have been waging a lonely but successful rear-guard action against the invasion of foreign products. My reputation is now so good that I have customers from around the world in places such as the USA, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia”.

“My line being a spring knife cutler, making special pen and pocketknives using such materials as Gold, Silver, Mother-of-pearl, Tortoise-shell, Ivory and Buffalo horn”

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  • Andy  Kershaw2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Thank you for your ongoing support to the Stan Shaw Memorial appeal. Last week we launched a brand-new beer called ‘Stan’. The event was held at the Kelham Island museum in Sheffield attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor and the Master & Mistress Cutler and the beer has been specially made for us by the Little Mesters Brewery company of Sheffield and we are proposing to sell it number of festivals and events throughout the summer and autumn. Please continue to support us and share this appeal and thank you very much for all your kind support.

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    4 months ago

    The Reverend Keith Farrer Vice- Dean and Canon Missioner of Sheffield Cathedral who conducted the service

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 17, 2022

    £30.00

  • Ronnie Steele

    Ronnie Steele

    May 17, 2022

    Great cause

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 11, 2022

    £10.00

  • Alex Swallow and Nisha Kotecha

    Alex Swallow and Nisha Kotecha

    May 11, 2022

    Sounds like a special man, best wishes for the memorial.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 2, 2022

    £10.00

  • Steve Wallbank

    Steve Wallbank

    Apr 1, 2022

    A pleasure to donate to a memorial to such a great craftsman.

  • Olive Cooke

    Olive Cooke

    Mar 9, 2022

    £10.00

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