Med­ford Craft World

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The island of Bar­ba­dos is well known for excel­lent artists who spe­cial­ize in var­i­ous art forms. One of these such artists is Mr. Reg­gie Med­ford, the brains behind Med­ford Craft World. Med­ford Craft World is located on White Hall Main Road in St. Michael and has a quite inter­est­ing history.

His­tory

Mr. Reg­gie Med­ford grad­u­ated from school with advanced cer­tifi­cates in Biol­ogy and Chem­istry. How­ever, he felt that his call­ing was hand­i­craft, and as such decided against pur­su­ing an aca­d­e­mic career and instead fol­lowed his dream. Thus, he cre­ated Med­ford Craft World. As a result of his stel­lar work, he was the youngest ever recip­i­ent of The Bar­ba­dos Cen­ten­nial Hon­our, one of the island’s high­est honours.

MedfordEach piece at Med­ford Craft World is indi­vid­u­ally hand­crafted from the root of the Bar­ba­dos mahogany tree, using a unique process devel­oped by Mr. Med­ford and his team. This yields a high qual­ity exclu­sive piece each time. Mr. Med­ford also indi­vid­u­ally signs any piece pur­chased at the request of the buyer. Med­ford Craft World sells an assort­ment of hand tai­lors pieces from sou­venirs to pieces that have func­tional ele­ments use such as nap­kin hold­ers, book­ends, photo frames and key rings to name a few. Med­ford Craft World has had Exhibits through­out the Caribbean, and many exquis­ite sculp­tures have been pre­sented to heads of states across the world and to inter­na­tional celebri­ties such as Nel­son Mandela.

How­ever, Med­ford Craft World is more than a place to visit and view the sculp­tures on dis­play. There are guided tours of the prop­erty, were vis­i­tors can expe­ri­ence and observe the dili­gent work of trained appren­tices and Reg­gie him­self craft­ing new prod­ucts. You may even get to take part in the cre­ation process as well. While on your tour, you can also visit the show­room which dis­plays a wide vari­ety of pieces and the spe­cial Med­ford Gallery which dis­plays the most exquis­ite Med­ford mahogany cre­ations. Also, the lush grounds and relax­ing atmos­phere pro­vide a per­fect set­ting for you to spend a few hours of your day. There­fore, a visit to Med­ford Craft World is more than an expo­sure into Bar­ba­dian crafts­man­ship: it is an experience.

Reviews

Med­ford Craft World is very pop­u­lar among many locals and tourists. The unique­ness of the pieces con­tin­ues to amaze vis­i­tors to the prop­erty. Here are some thoughts from a few vis­i­tors to Bar­ba­dos on Med­ford Craft World.

Reg­gie wel­comed me with a huge smile and informed of the process of mahogany and walked me through it, even got to do some “dip­ping” myself! We had a great work­shop and his pieces are one of a kind (great prices as well!!!). Do visit him while in Bridgetown, you’ll know why once you there!– Takka82

We were look­ing for nice wood and were advised to visit Med­ford. When we got there we were met by Reg­gie him­self. The wood­work was so amaz­ing we bought three pieces includ­ing his trade­mark root carv­ings. Thanks for the expe­ri­ence Reg­gie.– James H

We stopped here as part of our Made in Bar­ba­dos tour. Reg­gie told us about how he got started in mahogany work and guided us through the facil­ity. We even got to take part in var­nish­ing a wood carv­ing. His pieces are beau­ti­ful and unique. We bought a lovely piece that he signed and took a pic­ture with us.– Lois B

Med­ford Craft World is open from 8am to 5pm on week­days and 9am to 1pm on Sat­ur­days. For more infor­ma­tion, kindly con­tact Med­ford Craft World at 4251919 or visit https://​www​.face​book​.com/​m​e​d​f​o​r​d​c​r​a​f​t​w​o​r​l​d​/


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