Canal crafts, canal artists, canalware & canal gift shops
One of the most attractive features of our canals is the colourful decoration of the boats and their equipment. The ‘roses & castles’ tradition of decoration survives today, not just on the canals but on prized possessions in homes throughout the world.
We list canal crafts people who produce hand painted canalware, canal artists depicting canal scenes and the craft and gift shops specialising in canals.
- There have been plenty of suggestions and speculation about where ‘narrowboat art’ comes from, but no hard evidence. Wherever it originated it certainly did decorate!
- Designs covered nearly everything. The drinking water can on the cabin roof was painted and decorated, as was the wash basin, cabin stool, headlamp, bucket and the horse’s feed tin. Pictures and posies adorned the walls inside the cabin, the built-in furniture and the little doors that led into it. Discover much more in our full section on Canal Folk Art.
- If you want someone to paint or decorate your boat, rather than a create a painting of your boat, we list Boat Painters and Signwriters.
- Eric Gaskell has created some striking limited edition lino-cut prints of scenes around the Canal System, you can see them on our Canal Guide pages. They make very affordable holiday mementoes or presents to grace a living room wall or narrowboat saloon.