Ed & Margaret Burke – Glassblowing
Always a popular demonstration on the show circuit, with hourly demonstrations in their mobile studio. they have their own distinctive approach to fine glass making, a symbiosis of colour, pattern and shape.
Master craftsmen creating stunning pieces of art using only a variety of chainsaws and an old log! Watch them produce stunning showpiece carvings over the course of the weekend, as well as enjoying the fast action speed carves twice a day.
A bodger is a skilled craftsman, who primarily makes chair legs and braces. The legs were turned on an early pole and string treadle powered lathe, the string is wound around the work piece which rotates backwards and forwards, allowing the bodger to cut or turn in one direction only. Nowadays, bodgers like Richard Rood produce a wide range of items.
Stokes of England Blacksmiths
A cooper makes or repairs casks and barrels, which is a skill that takes many years to learn. Our cooper, Wocko, will be showing how traditional wood-crafting is used. No nails, screws or glue: it’s all completely traditional and wonderful to watch and learn about.
We enjoy a number of different textile crafts at our craft shows – from jumbo knitting through to embroidery. We also have the very traditional arts of spinning and weaving at many of our shows. See how sheeps’ wool is spun into the knitting wool we are so familiar with – often on a giant spinning wheel.
Then watch the master weaver at work. With a variety of rugs, throws and other products to see, you will be fascinated at how this master craftsman brings the wool together to create such amazing results.