Home again and exhausted. We enjoyed the Cranborne Chase Woodfair, it was hard work, but good fun. Friday was a cold, wet and foggy start, so it was a pleasant surprise when Saturday turned out to be as warm as any day we have had all summer. I think most of us enjoyed the fabulous sunset that evening and the music, food and hospitality, (aka beer tent) arranged for the exhibitors on Saturday night - it was a chance to wind down after a busy day.
It's not often you get the chance to meet so many interesting and passionate people in one place. The show field and gardens were brimming with craftspeople at work - pole lathe turners/chair makers, basketmakers, iron workers, wood carvers, etc., etc.... Our friends, (and neighbours in crafty business at other events!) Neil the Welsh stick chair maker, Owen the oak swill basketmaker, and Kath the willow basket and coffin maker were all there, and we met lots of other inspiring people that we have not had the chance to meet before - hi to David and James from Fivepenny chairs, Sean with his beautiful wooden birds and Dave the blacksmith/historic toolmaker, it was good to meet you all! I forgot the camera this weekend, so thanks for taking some pics for me James....
Sean and one of his birds
Dave using the bellows
So that concludes our show season for this year. Now we go back into an increasingly cold and dark winter workshop.