The craft village of a Living Heritage Country Show consists of a huge craft marquee with a wide variety of crafts for sale and display, as well as a series of smaller marquees and areas where you can see crafters at work, demonstrating their skills with a variety of traditional crafts. For example:
A fascinating display of how glassware is created. Glass blowing bubbles and shapes come to life in an entertaining way.
Ed and Margaret Burke created E+M Glass in the mid 1980’s. They have been designing and making unique works of art for the table from their studio on the Welsh and English borders since 1988. They attend all of Living Heritage events demonstrating their skills.
The art of bodging goes back approximately five hundred years, although it may not be something you are familiar with. A bodger is a skilled craftsman who practises a traditional wood-turning craft, using green (unseasoned) wood to make chair legs and other cylindrical parts of chairs.
Shows for 2017 tbc
We have a few different Blacksmiths attending our shows this season, bringing an insight into this fascinating and very traditional English craft.
Stokes of England Blacksmiths are at the majority of our shows. It is a long standing family business, now run by Chris Stokes, but started by his dad, a master smith and farrier at the age of eighteen, many years ago. Chris himself has been a blacksmith for over thirty years. He says he loves his work because of the creativity involved; the knowledge that he is leaving a legacy in his work that will last for many many years into the future and that fact that he never knows who his next customer will be.
And you can have a go too! Make an original hook or keyring and get involved!
This is something completely different! From old coins, Paul Hornby restores and shines up the coins, then cuts out the main elements to create stunning coin jewellery.
This incredibly delicate work is fascinating to watch, and it is always amazing to see just how many different miniature pictures you get get from a variety of coins from all over the world, and different periods in history.
Shows for 2017 tbc
We enjoy a number of different textile crafts at our country shows – from jumbo knitting through to embroidery.
We also have the very traditional art of spinning 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.
Many more crafters tbc.