March 11, 2019

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.


  1. Thank you for sharing so many photos of these talented artisans. A wonderful event to attend.

  2. What a fabulous idea, so many trades are getting lost with all the modern methods. Have a good week Diane

  3. What an easy way to see some of the work at the Kyneton Lost and Rare Trades Fair. Sit and look at your photos and not even stir from my chair...
    I am captivated by Miss Daisy, the letterpress. What a wonderful old machine; there's no denying that she would be difficult to transport. Not like toting a laptop around!

  4. You had a lot of variety of crafts to see. They look like they are so well made. It would be fun to watch them work.

  5. Interesting fair and lovely photos. I particularly like the portrait of Olivia the wood carver.

  6. Schön die Bilder von der Messe und den Künstlern und Hanwerker bei der Arbeit.