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 40 makers will gather at this year’s Expo, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It will be a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

Join us and discover what an amazing wealth of talent there is to be found in and around our region! 

Meet the Makers: October 30 -31, 2021.  

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


Come along and Meet the Makers!
Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo 2021


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 of just $8 per person per day

WHEN: OCTOBER 30 – 31, 2021

WHERE: Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd

Presented by the Rotary Club of Gympie Inc

Here’s a sneak preview of what – and who – is in store… and this is just a taste!

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


Below: the inaugural Gympie Rotary “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo 2018


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