Art and Design KS3 / GCSE: The craft of scissor making

Paul Martin meets a team of master cutlers at one of Sheffield’s last remaining scissor factories.

He is given an introduction to the craft of hand making scissors and watches the various stages of production, assembly and finishing.

This is an important area where commercial production and craft come together to form part of our creative industry heritage.

This clip is from the series Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution.

Teacher Notes

Could be used as part of a project examining both commercial production and the craft of hand making tools.

The class could create a production plan detailing the steps involved with making a pair of scissors.

Students could break a pair of scissors into its component parts and construct a piece of a kinetic artwork inspired by its efficient mechanism.

They could experiment with recycled materials - cardboard, newspaper, masking tape and gum tape.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching art and design at KS3 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

More from Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution

The craft of copper working
The craft of woodturning
The craft of narrow boat painting