Made In Shetland

The Shetland Islands are truly on the edge.

Part of the UK, but as far from London as Milan, their remoteness has fostered a strong sense of self-sufficiency.

In this series we meet a new generation of Shetlanders, who are finding 21st century applications for their traditional crafts and products.

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01Farmer Ronnie Eunson2004042620040818

The Shetland Islands are truly on the edge.

Part of the UK, but as far from London as Milan, their remoteness has fostered a strong sense of self-sufficiency.

In this series we meet a new generation of Shetlanders, who are finding 21st century applications for their traditional crafts and products.Farmer Ronnie Eunson was told his native sheep and cattle would never sell in supermarkets.

Today his beef and lamb take pride of place in one of London's top butcher shops.

02Textile Designer Joanne Hunter2004042720040825

Joanna Hunter is only 24, but already her distinctive knitwear has found an international following - but particularly in Japan.

Joanna learned to knit with her grandmother, who is still the company's 'Quality Controller'.

She uses traditional Shetland knitting patterns and the island landscape for inspiration, and says her greatest delight is to take an old design and make it into something young people want to wear.

03Violin Maker Kenny Johnson2004042820040901

The violin is to Shetland what the guitar is to America - and Kenny Johnson wants to be the Leo Fender of fiddles.

From his remote workshop he sends out brightly coloured fiddles shaped like the Starship Enterprise to professional players all over the world.

04Chair Maker Stewart Thomson20040429
05 LASTBoat Builder Ian Best20040430