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.
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.
Each 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.
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 425‑1919 or visit https://www.facebook.com/medfordcraftworld/