The HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Coach trimming

 

The upholstery and fitting of automobile and carriage interiors in a range of materials.

This craft uses products derived from animals – please read our ethical sourcing statement.

 

Status Endangered
Historic area of significance Midlands
Area currently practised UK
Origin in the UK 17th century
Current no. of professionals (main income) 11-20  estimated
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
1-5
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required

 

History

Originally coach trimming involved upholstering the interiors of horse drawn carriages then, as the carriages gained motors and evolved into the motor car, so the trade followed suit.

Today coach trimming is used for vintage and modern classic cars.

Auto-trimming is the term used for contemporary car interiors and, although some materials such as leather and vinyl may be similar, the techniques used are different.

 

Techniques

  • Upholstery
    • Fluting, stuffed fluting
    • Deep buttoning
    • Use of traditional materials in stuffing such as cotton wadding, as opposed to foam
    • Fixings and fastenings – e.g. tacks and gimp pins rather than glues and staples.
  • Woodwork
  • Leatherwork

 

Local forms

 

 

Sub-crafts

Allied crafts:

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Skills issues: There are a lack of training opportunities for traditional skills and the older generation not passing on skills or technique.
  • There is no main organisation or trade organisation.
  • There is no government recognition for the trade.

 

Support organisations

The Association of Master Upholsterers

 

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

 

 

References

  • Taylor, Don, Automotive Upholstery Handbook
  • Mattson, Fred, Automotive Upholstery and Interior Restoration
  • Taylor, Don, and Mangus, Rod, Custom Auto Interiors
  • Caldwell, Bruce, Auto Upholstery & Interiors: A Do-it-yourself Basic Guide