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Guitar String Knife Raffle

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We are delighted to finally share the fruits of our collaboration and our intention behind making this unusual piece - which could become yours for just one pound!

The creation of this knife has taken countless hours and, in so many ways, is a shining example of how far we've come in our own craft skill development. As recipients of the Newby Trust Craft Excellence Award, our first twelve months at Cockpit Studios included significantly subsidised studio space and tailored business support, giving us a chance to invest in the specialist equipment and mentoring needed to develop and build solid foundations for our businesses. We know intimately what a difference this kind of support makes in the early stages of establishing a craft practice and,with your support, we would now like to pay that forward.

All proceeds from this raffle will go directly to Cockpit Studios to fund a new award, the Grant-Turnstone Award - named after two of our mentors, blacksmithing lecturer Juliet Grant and Rosie Heydenrych of Turnstone Guitars. The award will be open to anyone in any craft discipline and will include a studio space for one year and business support.

Purchasing raffle tickets will not only give you the chance of owning this special knife, but you will be contributing to what we know will be a life-changing opportunity for the recipient, so thank you in advance for your generosity.


The details:

1. Tickets are £1 per entry.

2. You can purchase as many tickets as you want. (The number of tickets purchased determines how many times your name is entered into the raffle.)


4. You must be 18 or over to enter. You can enter from anywhere in the world. We will ship to any country Royal Mail delivers to.

3. Please help us reach our goal by spreading the word, sharing our raffle and using hashtag #payitforwardaward

4. The raffle runs from Midday Feb 22nd 2023 - Midday March 15th 2023. 
Winner will be notified and announced by March 17th. 

6. The 1st name drawn wins our handmade guitar string knife.
100% of proceeds will go to Cockpit Studios.

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Paying it forward

Luthier Daisy Tempest and bladesmith Holly Loftus both joined Cockpit Studios, London's only dedicated craft studios, as recipients of the Newby Trust Craft Excellence Award. The award included heavily subsidised studio space and tailored business support for their first twelve months at Cockpit. During that year they were able to invest in the specialist equipment their crafts require and had time to develop their work. Now both firmly footed in their own fields, the pair have decided to raise funds to ‘pay it forward’ and create an opportunity for a future craftsperson who may benefit in the way that they have done.

Together they have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind chef knife that is being raffled to raise money for a new bursary at Cockpit: the Grant-Turnstone Award, named after their respective female mentors.


Tickets are just £1 and 100% of profits will be donated to Cockpit Studios. You can read more about awards at Cockpit Studios here.

About Cockpit

Cockpit is a social enterprise that bridges the gap between talent and opportunity. Since 1993, Cockpit has provided subsidised and fully-
funded studio spaces in its two London buildings in Bloomsbury and Deptford. Cockpit makers are some of the most celebrated craftspeople in the world, from wood-turners to glass-blowers. Being awarded a place at Cockpit means joining a supportive community of like-minded creatives, and benefitting from in-house business coaching and workshops aimed at helping to develop successful and sustainable businesses. Cockpit’s awards are funded places paid for by generous supporters including the Newby Trust, which is an endowment managed by the descendants of the industrialist HN Smith, and it supports charities in the categories of education, health and social welfare. | @cockpitstudios

Please read full terms and conditions of the raffle below

By entering the Raffle you agree that: a. you are 18 years of age or over; b. you will not buy an entry to this Raffle on behalf of anybody under the age of 18; c. you will provide accurate entry information and accept that it is your responsibility to keep us informed of any changes as soon as they arise, including the change of your contact details; d. you will comply with these terms as well as the rules and regulations of the Gambling Commission under legislation laid down in the Gambling Act 2005 and any further instructions or rules issued by the Promoter from time to time. Promoter: Holly Loftus (Loftus Knives) and Daist Tempest (Tempest Guitars). All Profits from the Guitar String Knife Raffle will be donated to fund the work of the registered charity Cockpit Studios. £1 per entry. Each ticket you purchase is converted into a single ‘entry’ that is then entered into the electronic draw. Winner will be chosen at random using a Random Number Generator. Every ticket purchased is converted into an entry that is then entered into the electronic draw. If selected as a prize winner, the order number is used to identify the person who purchased it. The winner will receive one prize: one handmade guitar string damascus chef knife made in collaboration between bladesmith Holly Loftus and luthier Daisy Tempest Each £1 entry you purchase is entered into our electronic draw. Entries will be capped at 20,000. . The winner will be notified by email or post and the winning order number will be shared on our social media accounts. You must be 18 years or older to enter or raffle . We will contact the winner to verify your age. Any person who has entered a draw who is under 18 years old will automatically forfeit any prize. You accept that we may be unable to provide refunds once you have purchased your raffle entries. The opening and closing dates for the Guitar String Knife Raffle are listed below and may be subject to change. Any entries received after the closing date for each lottery will not be considered and will be treated as a donation. Open date 5pm 22nd February 2023. Close date 12pm 15th March 2023. Should a returned response form not be legible or completed in full, making it impossible for us to distinguish whether the intention is to purchase a lottery ticket or to make a donation, then any accompanying money will be treated as a donation. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any purchases which are not completed for any reason. The Promoter may reject any application without giving reason at its absolute discretion if it has reasonable grounds to do so. No detail in the application may be changed in any way once it has been submitted, except for a change of address. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse entry or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions. We will endeavour to notify the winner by email in the first instance within 2 working days of the draw date. An email address must be provided to claim the prize and it is your responsibility to notify us of any change. All entrants are solely responsible for providing us with their accurate and up-to-date contact details and we will be in no way liable for any failure or inability to contact any entrant due to any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the contact details that the entrant has provided. In the event that the entrant changes their contact details, they will be solely responsible for advising us of the change. The Promoter reserves the right to publish and use for promotional purposes, the winners’ order number and first name. The winners’ details will be in summary form i.e. [order number] [firstname] from [country]. The decision of the Promoter regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it. The Promoter reserves the right to hold, void, cancel, suspend, or amend the raffle where it becomes necessary to do so - we would retain any amounts which were paid prior to any such suspension/ cancellation taking effect and we would notify you of further details. Loftus Knives and Tempest Guitars staff/volunteers/trustees and their families are able to participate in the Guitar String Knife Raffle unless they are involved in the administration of the raffle draw in which case they must be excluded. This applies to the staff/volunteer/trustee’s family too. Personal data supplied during the course of this promotion will only be processed in line with Data Protection Act 2018 The prize draw and these terms are governed by English law. These Terms and Conditions are subject to change.

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