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the name, this site is nothing at all to do with the popular BBC TV
Instead, it's a reasonable information resource for the antique hunter.
Antiques Roadshow includes a directory of antique shops and auctions
the UK plus a list of upcoming antiques fairs and shows - all ordered
One word of warning though, the navigation on the site can be tricky -
make sure you scroll down the page to see all the information listed.
Web is a huge directory of antique resources in Great Britain. The
is ordered by geographical area and you'll find details on auction
antique shops, antique fairs and even a list of hotels to stay in while
you're digging out that Chippendale sideboard.
Online - Antiques on the Web
antique hunter's favourite TV programme has to be the Antiques
Visit this BBC site and you can search through some of the valuable
the show has turned up. This site's got all areas covered - you can
a virtual chat with other antiques enthusiasts, check out the antique
the week and have a guess at how much it'll fetch at auction or test
knowledge in the online antiques quiz. The Buyers Guides section is
full of invaluable background information which should help you value
want lists then you've come to the right website. Antique's World is
full of information for anybody with an interest in antiques be they
or enthusiastic amateur. The lists include a guide to local antique
and markets, culled from Antiques Diary magazine, links to collectors'
organisations around the UK plus guides to collector's clubs, antique
and restoration and conservation services. The online articles are also
worth a read, they're written by experts and cover topics as diverse as
Clarice Cliff and Cruise Liner keepsakes.
US site lets you bid for art, antiques and general collectable items
in auction houses and antique dealers around the world. You can also
through the auction houses' online catalogues to find out what items
coming up for sale. If you want to gem up on a specific topic before
get the chequebook out, you should visit the useful Reference section
the site. The lively Community section, where you can chat live to
experts or talk to other collectors, is also a good source of
specialises in providing information about architectural antiques,
garden ornaments and architectural salvage companies. There are links
the websites of the UK's major architectural salvage companies and a
devoted to classified ads for buying and selling items - this is the
where you're going to find that elusive cider press you've been after
years. SalvoWeb has just added online auctions to its roster of
and you don't even have to register to bid for an item. The kind of
being offered for sale includes cast iron lamp posts and marble church
altars. And if you're after a specialist crafts person then check out
site; there are links to woodturners, stained glass makers and even a
Doctor who comes in and rescues your old enamel tub.
Collectors Net calls itself the 'collectors portal' and it's true. No
how obscure the objects you choose to collect, you'll probably find a
spirit in the Message Boards area of this site. The collectibles
include popular items such as Swarovski crystals, Furbys and Barbie
as well as more conventional items such as Royal Doulton tableware. As
well as being able to buy online, the site boasts lots of handy
and background articles as well as a comprehensive collection of links
to other collectibles sites.
is an impressive online guide to antiques and collectables. You choose
your area of interest - be it art, sculpture, memorabilia, glassware or
pottery - and then you simply search for the item you're interested in.
The search will pull up information on antique dealers selling the item
as well as any handy background research material. If it's model cars
into then you'll love the Online Model and Toy Cars shop where you can
get hold of all those Corgi and Matchbox classics. The gold and silver
hallmark database is also an invaluable resource if you want to know
all those mysterious symbols really mean.
some hobbies are a little more expensive than others. Most of us, let's
face it, are not in the market for a plane of our own, even if we lower
our sights from a brand-new Lear Jet to a second-hand Piper Cherokee.
we can dream. Join the assorted golfers, basketball players and
company CEOs in browsing the For Sale section. A second-hand Bell
helicopter for a mere £349,950? We'll take one in each colour.
to spotting commercial aircraft
useful little site was awarded a 'pick of the sites' plaudit by the Los
Angeles Times. Then again, the webmaster boasts about receiving a 'geek
of the day' award too. Still, the great thing about geeks is they are
dedicated, enthusiastic, and totally unselfish about sharing their
with you. This has all you need to identify just about every plane
flying the skyways. Pictures, specifications, history, you name it.
your happy schoolday evenings constructing Flying Fortresses from an
kit and modelling cement, Softley and Page work from rather more
materials. The company specialises in crafting replica boats and
from silver. Examples of their intricate work on the site of everything
from rowing eights and shows to modern superyachts, and vintage
dating back to the Sopwith Camel. But you're the customer, you're
the (hefty) price and you can commission any replica you want. Prices
world of model aeroplanes
name that wonderfully evokes the boy's own world of ham radios, crystal
sets, home-made fishing rods and, well, model aeroplanes. No
irony intended here though, this site is the business for experts and
pilots alike. Whether you're into World War II craft, modern jet
helicopters or the wackier hybrid models such as the 'hanger rat', this
is the place.
Wings bills itself as the online e-zine for pilots and navigators -
makes it that much more tempting for the amateur enthusiast to take a
Fantastic features on great air battles from World War I onwards; Neil
Armstrong's recollections on first-footing the Moon; a piece on the
daredevils of the early US airmail service. And you can download aero
and wallpaper for 'the ultimate aviation experience'.
sort of site the World Wide Web was made for. What could be more
than looking for a long-lost 1955 plan for that Sopwith Camel or
and knowing the chances of the model shop in your particular town
that are roughly on a par with Elvis dropping round your house for tea
and cakes? What you need is a plan superstore that you can drop into
you hail from Lands End or John O' Groats.
not a site for those whose idea of plane or train modelling goes as far
as picking up an Airfix kit from the high-street toy shop. Micromark is
a US site specialising in the small tools modellers use to practise
art. Really, if you can't find what you're after in the online
then it probably doesn't exist. In fact, if it's not in the online
go to 'hard to find items' and there may be some tips on tracking it
a passenger vehicle, there's somebody standing, notebook in hand,
down its index number and time of departure. Trainspotting for the
plane spotting has more of a global reach, though it's the craft rather
than the glamorous destinations that feature heavily on this site.
information from around the globe; message boards (but of course) where
enthusiasts can swap tips and unusual spots; and images of aircraft, so
the uncertain can believe what their eyes are telling them.
site for paper-based ephemera (no books basically) Ken and Joyce
Newport Pagnell shop goes online with its cornucopia of autographs,
magazines, newspapers and miscellania. If you are after an early Kevin
Klein autograph and have a mid-period Calvin Klein you want to sell,
this is the place. This is the sort of site that works brilliantly on
web - why spend hours hunting the racks when you can drop Ken an email
with your wants list and let him source it for you.
Movie Poster Page
our favourite sight at 8am. Check that flashing banana and heliotrope
banner title. No, the Movie Poster Page certainly ain't shy. Before you
get to the posters themselves, you have to scroll past an array of
on the net' awards that would put the Old Trafford trophy room to
But once you're in the site proper you can forgive their hubris. It is,
quite simply, very good.
didn't realise there were so many hobbies. In fact our mistaken belief
that sex dominated the Internet was shattered as we reeled beneath the
hundreds of sites dedicated to knitting, quilting, home brewing,
and cigar collecting that this cornucopia of a site lists in detail. If
the first rule of collecting is acquire and the second is swap then you
have to bookmark About.com.
consumer society churns out ever more products, toys, magazines, you
it, so do new groups of collectors emerge to turn them into
Nothing is too new or too tacky as this site dedicated to the hoarding
of pop culture ephemera demonstrates. Autographs, movies, TV, rock n
props, costumes, movie posters and memorabilia, sport, animation art
much, much more. What could be more appropriate than that The Spy Who
Me heads the page.
site in that as well as being an exhaustive listing of hundred upon
of hobbyist sites, it adds enjoyable and very readable content to hook
you in and inspire your searches. Newsworthy headline features over
looked at the collectables among festive gifts old and new, and why you
shouldn't toss away those old fairy lights. Community resources include
expert advice; how to identify if the piece of junk you've bought is
a gem, and clubs you can join.
of stamp collecting basics
us traditionalists, but we just had to go to the daddy of all
hobbies - the humble postage stamp. It's where many of us start, and
probably the only hobby where snotty-nosed schoolkids move in the same
market as millionaire international collectors (admittedly they
don't swap doubles in the playground). This site is great because it
back to basics - printing differences, determining paper types, tips on
buying and hinging.
was when you couldn't buy a pack of cigarettes or a packet of tea
finding a miniature picture card secreted within. British butterflies,
footballers, rugby players, classic cars, the companies of the pre-War
era left no collective group unturned in their search for ever more
in order to lock ever more consumers into their product. Now, of
there are literally millions of things sitting around in attics and
shops. But how many complete sets? Portsmouth Stamps will sell you sets
and singles and purchase the same from you.
it, you're a collector!' challenges the home page of the Orwellian
Suite 101. This is a steadily building resource - as more hobbies come
online the real delight of the site is the eclectic chaos that ensues.
Suite101 goes out of its way to involve the readers, inviting you to
to become a section editor. That's resulted in the site being more than
just a collection of bulletin boards with editorial content in each
premier place for fishing folk on the web. Whether you're a beginner or
a seasoned angler you'll find this mix of news, tips and guides
reading. The design is easy on the eye and the content a mine of useful
information for those who live in hope of landing a whopper. News of
latest tournaments from around the UK and a friendly guide to the best
places to fish are complemented by interesting articles and a message
on which to brag about your latest catch.
site has only one aim - to provide a definitive guide to places to cast
your line in the UK. And it succeeds admirably, with over 3000 pages of
information arranged into a well-structured search engine. Whether
looking for a quiet river in the countryside or the excitement of sea
it'll tell you the best time of year to visit, how much it'll cost,
licenses and equipment you'll need and so on. There's also information
on fishing clubs and organisations around the country.
in the US, this site endeavours to appeal to fishermen of all
the world over. Covering everything from shark fishing in the Pacific
trout fishing in Northumberland is a massive task, but this site
it off with some aplomb.
divided into categories,
so you can reach the information relevant to you quickly and easily,
the in-depth articles will give you some good pointers to improving
fishy greetings cards
and a photo gallery to which you can submit pics of you and your prize
catch complete a comprehensive site.
attractive menu page leads you into this informative site in the joys
fishing for carp in Britain's lakes and rivers.
will find the advice
on setting up a fishing rig invaluable, while there's also a list of
books should you require additional information.
experienced anglers can
marvel at the pictures of some of the whoppers on show and try and
by entering details of their own best catches.
put together site, sponsored by the Welsh Tourist Board and dedicated
promoting some of the most beautiful and untouched fishing spots in the
guide to the best
places to fish forms the bulk of the site, including illustrations of
flora and fauna in each location. There's also a searchable guide to
best places to stay, together with information on local tutors and
children's section has
been expanded too, with games and educational tools featuring Ollie the
get two for the price of one if you visit this well-informed site. As
as a selection of interesting articles from the latest issue of
Rod and Line magazine, you'll find an excellent guide to fishing in
of fishermen flock
to catch the Scottish salmon every year and this site will tell you
when and where to go, which permits you need and so on. There's even a
selection of mouth watering recipes, if you can't decide what to do
in a constant state of flux, this site - from one of the largest
of fishing gear in the world - still has much to recommend it.
the expected information
on where to buy your rods and lines locally, the main attraction is a
it gives you the chance to fish offline in a variety of locations and
your fishing expertise to the test in an effort to land a whopper. You
can then connect to the Internet again in order to register your high
of the Ultimate Sportsmen
thought that fishing was all about sitting around relaxing on the
then check out this entertaining and well-designed site.
database of stories from fishermen and hunters around the world. From
stories of the ones that got away, to hair raising tales of close
on the high seas, they all prove one thing - that fishing is anything
dull. You can submit your own stories too, which might go some way to
the bias towards US fishermen.
grasp of the ancient Oriental art goes as far as making origami
out of your wastepaper, then this is the site to get your fingers
fiddling. A beautifully yet minimally designed page (but of course)
tutorials on grasping the basics, increasingly advanced, yet always
to understand paper plans for you to follow. There's an interesting
on therapeutic Origami - for hand rehabilitation and mental health
as well as related pieces on giant Origami and Origami humour and
the excruciatingly detailed wooden inlay which you find set into the
and tops of antique wooden furniture dates back to the ancient Egyptian
art of intarsia. Having gone strong for 3,000 years, the 20th Century
a bad one for the art. But with many people wanting a personal touch as
a reaction against mass-produced furniture, marquetry is making a
as craftsmen learn the art anew.
a growing fashion in making your own greetings cards, and it certainly
adds a personal touch. Of course, we wouldn't recommend hand-making all
your Christmas cards, but now the festive season is gone, you can
your birthday missives. Card Inspirations supplies the kits as well as
the templates to embroider or stitch your own cards, and has a host of
other ideas on using rubber stamps, stickers, even tea bags for an
thought that crochet just meant endless matinee jackets and baby
think again. Crochet Creations stretches the boundaries of this
cousin of knitting, giving you hundreds of patterns (downloadable from
the site, of course) for every conceivable item of crocheted apparel.
are links to related craft sites too, for those seeking hair scrunchies
or fridgies (that's fridge magnets to us Brits). You will also find a
of excellent deals on buying your yarns online.
a fan of plant hangers, corbels, spindle rails and gable end trim then
you're a follower of fretwork, and this is the site for you. A hobby
those with an eye for detail, nimble fingers and infinite patience, it
also relies on quality materials and top-notch tools. Enter Fretworks
based just to the west of Niagara Falls but available to fret fans
thanks to the Internet.
Wu's Origami Page
enough, this site is simple yet elegant in design, with beautiful
of finished folds. There are a multitude of origami sites on the web,
some dedicated to origami as mental health therapy (and why not) but
one scores for the clarity of its diagrams - after all, you want to use
it to get started yourself - and the breadth of links to other
sites from around the world.
known as 'the wonderful world of Rowandean embroidery. Where creative
starts!' Much more than just a shop site selling the Rowandean kits,
some of the best in the business. The site offers workshops, hints and
tips on cross stitch, links to other sites should you not find the
you are looking for, and embroidery shows you can visit to gain
Brass Rubbing Centre
that enthrals children and can be good fun for parents too, and the
Brass Rubbing Centre offers a brilliant introduction. Rather than
around churches in the hopes of finding something worth copying, and
getting trampled by tourists when you're in the creative act, the
has a range of copy brasses for hire. Plus there are mail order brass
supplies, and the site has extensive historical background on brasses
how English churches ended up with so many of these extraordinary
days when digital photography was the preserve of early adopters and
geeks are fast fading into the past. Nowadays, it's film that's under
as digital cameras become smaller, cheaper and produce ever-better
images. The Digital Photography Discussion Forums aim to share
and expertise between practitioners in this new medium. You'll find
on the best models to buy, printers to use and software that can
invaluable resource for digital photographers everywhere. Basically a
guide, offering unbiased information on buying a digital camera,
and colour printer, plus interesting comparisons on buying digital or
down the road of a conventional, film-eating 35mm camera. Also, check
the Hall of Images, for side-by-side comparisons of snaps taken by
cameras alongside 'real' photos, and find out about courses you can
to up your output.
History of Photography
something delightfully idiosyncratic about a website dedicated to
which boasts about having no pictures! That said, if there's anything
need to know about the early years of the camera-related arts this is
place. The site goes into extraordinary detail. The beginnings of
significant movers and shakers in the history of the art, and a - for
enthusiast - fascinating description of the various processes used
the history of the camera: Albumen to Woodburytype, it's all here.
lists of museums you can visit, and one of the most lovingly and
constructed sites we've seen.
for Creative Photography
University of Arizona site has quite a pedigree. The pre-online centre
dates back to 1975, being formed by the doyen of US landscape
Ansel Adams. Small wonder then that the website is a resource of superb
and sometimes breathtaking images. Where the site scores is in the
and accessibility of its archives and collections. So you can view
from the collection for research or buy reproductions.
useful site for professional snappers and serious amateurs. Good
on museums and galleries will aid anyone researching or those of us who
like to gaze upon great pictures. The other side of the site is a
technical resource, with background info on the major hardware
and their products. It's especially good on lighting hardware and has a
good pointer to paper-based magazines.
virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the
into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking." Not
words but those of photographer Brooks Atkinson, quoted on this
training ground for snappers. And indeed you'll have to keep on
because Photo Seminars posts new images everyday for you to aspire to
your work. The brief is to give you all the training you need - online
- there's even a calibration strip on the home page to ensure you're
the photos just as they should be..
Art of Photography
so this is a Canon site. But you could excise the word 'Canon' from any
of the masterclasses here and still be left with the last word in using
film cameras to take terrific photos. Put simply, if you went through
site from start to finish, paying attention all the way, you'd have
you could need. Perspective, lighting, shutter speeds, shooting
putting more creativity in your pictures - the list goes on and on.
here. If you're seeking inspiration from the greats of photography then
look no further. A simple list down the left of the page from Abbott to
Winograd, you simply click on the artist's name and are offered a
of articles, photographs and resources. Each artist has three
images which you click to expand, you can then go to the articles,
from books, magazines and encyclopedias. And if you want to know more,
resources will point you to background research.