Last Summer my parents and I visited a neighbouring village for their annual village fair. It’s been going for hundreds of years, and there are no signs of it stopping any time soon. What was lovely to see, amongst the craft stalls, were two areas showcasing traditional crafts.
Rob lives in our village and makes traditional wooden frame buildings. He also does thatched roofs. He had a display of some of the techniques used, and was even giving a demonstration of how he cuts beams into shape by hand.
The tent of a local community historical society was particularly fascinating. They displayed some of the finds from an archaeological dig at their church.
The members of the society themselves also got to try their hand at crafts relevant to the period their church and the finds were from. These included kiln building, making clay bowls, stone carving, flint knapping, and even corn dollies.
There were also live demonstrations of rag rug making, wool spinning and calligraphy work.
Outside the tent a man was weaving a fence panel from willow.
The hour or so we were there made for a very pleasant diversion, and also surprised us with the cultural elements.
On a side note, I bought a partner for my felt partridge. One of my friends is a multi-talented florist who makes lots of crafty delights. So Penny is now joined by Patricia, and I hope to continue to add more to their little family.