Yesterday we attended the Lost & Rare Trades Fair at Kyneton, in central Victoria.
The 2 day fair celebrated and showcased over 100 traditional artisans and makers who are reviving old trades.
The fair was held at the picturesque Kyneton Racecourse.
Here’s a little of what we saw:
Olivia O'Connor hand carves traditional wooden rocking horses.
Pete Murphy is a luthier, a maker of handmade guitars and ukuleles.
Jeff Donne calls himself a spoonsmith and makes wooden puppets and spoons by “axe and hand”.
Combining Australian cattle horns with fine Italian pewter is what Ross & Gill from Crofters Craft do, handcrafting them into spoons, drinking vessels and walking sticks.
Metal cookie cutters shaped by hand by Daryl of Bisk-Art.
Young Max Tucker, the blacksmith. At just 16 years of age he was one of the youngest artisans. Max was making fire pokers with an intricate rams head on top.
Samantha Fray of Wood Duck Press with “Miss Daisy” a 114 year old letter press.
Lesson #1: don’t sleep under a windrow of hay.
I did umm & ahh as to whether to share this photo that was taken whilst baling hay early this morning.
It’s not pretty.
Foxes are a major pest in Australia having been introduced in 1871 when shipped from England for the purposes of sport hunting. They have decimated our native wildlife and continue to cause much harm. As you have probably gathered from my blog over the years we love our native wildlife here so we really dislike foxes. But a living thing is a living thing... he wouldn’t have known what hit him & it would have been very quick.
Artwork at the local pub
This mural on the wall of the Tuppal Hotel in Finley was painted by Wagga Wagga born street artist Damien Mitchell.
It depicts a merino ram and woolshed which pays homage to the pubs namesake, Tuppal Station and the importance of agriculture in our area.