As little kids, many of us have been “guilty” of pronouncing the word ‘trough’ as ‘trugh’. C’mon, don’t deny! ;-) Well, what do you know, we were not entirely wrong! The word 'trug' is derived from the
Anglo-Saxon 'trog', meaning 'boat shaped vessel', which is perhaps a dialect variant of trough* (take that you nose-in-the-air English experts!).
Trugs have been around since the sixteenth century. They were once so important that the men who made them were spared active military service! Trugs were made famous by an English gentleman,
Thomas Smith of Herstmonceux, who displayed his pieces in the Great Exhibition of 1851 which caught the eye of Queen Victoria. She rewarded him by ordering a large wheelbarrow-load of trugs for
the Royal Family!
The Sussex trug, primarily made of sweet chestnut and willow wood, was initially used for gardening and measuring grain. A standard trug is shaped like a basket with a handle. Over time, trugs have come
to be used for many different purposes like gathering cut flowers or harvested fruits and vegetables, carrying tools, etc. and are now available in various shapes, sizes and materials. However, traditional
trugs are favoured even today by many gardeners for their strength and durability. And, although the number of traditional trug-makers is dwindling, it remains a significant and unforgotten art.
Your uByld Trug is a contemporary rendition of this classic handicraft form. What would you use it for?