Hand-raised pies are an old traditional form of pie, the best known being the "Melton Mowbray Pork Pie". It uses hot water pastry and is moulded by hand before filling. It's not the easiest method but is worth the effort. This version is vegetarian but the ingredients can easily be changed for the pastry and the jelly and the filling can be easily improvised.
The vegetable suet can be switched for the more traditional animal based suet. This, together with a filling of chicken or diced pork would make a more authentic pie. Whichever you choose, it is the technique that is on display.