With it’s rich and golden history, Gympie is the perfect location for this biennial event, held in conjunction with Gympie Rotary’s Quilt & Craft Spectacular. The event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie, is a tribute to the heritage trades of our past and a celebration of the artisans that keep these almost-forgotten trades alive.

Over 45 makers gathered at the Expo 2021, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It was a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

What an amazing wealth of talent there is to be found in and around our region! 

Meet the Makers at the next event: 1 – 2 July, 2023

The Pavilion and surrounds, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd, Southside


Come along and Meet the Makers!
Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo 2023


Meet the Woodies: Woodworkers and Master Carvers; Spoonsmiths; a Whittler, a Harpmaker; Penmakers; Sawscrollers; Pyrographers
Meet the Luthiers: Guitar makers, Sensory and Bespoke Guitarmakers, a Harpmaker
Meet the Smiths: Blacksmiths, Silversmiths, Gemsmiths
Meet the Weavers: Basketweavers; a Corn Dolly Maker (wheat plaiter); Spinners & Weavers; Lacemakers;
And meet more: Lapidarists; a Papermaker & Bookbinder; Mosaic artist; a Ceramicist; a Gilder; a Shingle Splitter; Leatherworkers;  a Glassworker; Leadlighter; Beekeepers, Ropemaker…. and more in the pipeline.

and Craft Beer Open Door: Presenting the craft of brewing, you’re invited to experience this celebration and sharing of knowledge of centuries-old skills, handed down from generation to generation, perfected by cultures world-wide. Catering to both the confirmed lovers of craft brews and those who want to learn, come along to discover a different style of beer enjoyment, and sample some diverse flavours – ranging from subtle to WOW! – in the company of the like-minded. Presented by Classic Queensland Homes.

See: displays of vintage tools and antique machinery – there’s a surprise or three in the wings!

All this, plus the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, for 1 ticket price per person per day

WHEN: 1 – 2 July, 2023

WHERE: Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd

Presented by the Rotary Club of Gympie Inc

Images of the event 2021 BELOW!

Check website www.ancientcrafts.org for details & highlights.


Below: Gympie Rotary “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo 2021


With thanks to our partners, sponsors and supporters, including:

www.carbatec.com.au    www.bendigobank.com.au    www.polleys.com.au    www.laminex.com.au   www.riverdental.com.au    www.regleis.com.au    www.classicqueenslandhomes.com.au    www.inspirationspaint.com.au    www.dixondental.com.au    Patchwork on Pallas