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John Wood - Weaver

John Wood was born on the Isle of Man into a weaving family and he has been a professional weaver since the age of 16.  He served a five year apprenticeship under his father Robert at the Laxey Woollen Mills and, after training at the Scottish College of Textiles and various Scottish mills, he returned to the Island to work with his parents in Laxey.  On his father's retirement, John took over the business where he still continues to weave the famous Laxey Manx Tartan.

John is the only commercial pattern weaver on the Island and one of the few skilled Manx handloom weavers still remaining.  He specialises in producing rugs and scarves in a vast array of designs and qualities and his love of working with colours and yarns is particularly evident in his one-off, limited edition designs.

The product range on offer in The Manx Tartan Shop at the Laxey Woollen Mills includes traditional rugs, scarves, clothing, giftware, ties and accessories.

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