In conjunction with the 2018 Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, The Rotary Club of Gympie proudly presented it’s inaugural “Ancient Craft, Rare Trades” – a collective expo featuring makers of the workshop trades, rare field and household crafts of yesteryear, once the foundation on which our communities were built and integral to daily living. Over 30 artisan and tradespeople demonstrated their craft to inspired audiences – the feedback was incredible.

And it’s coming back in 2021!

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MEET THE MAKERS!

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Gympie & District Woodworkers Club – all weekend, the “woodies” demonstrated many aspects of woodworking, from age-old  pyrography, woodturning and scrollsawing to handcarving and spoonsmithing. On show will be all manner of wooden treasures, from little “comfort birds” to guitars, harps and more. www.gympiewoodworkers.org.au

 

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Spoonsmith – as one of the “woodies”, spooner Deirdre Wilson handcarves intricate and detailed Welsh Love Spoons. A centuries old tradition in Wales, young men used to lovingly carve a love spoon to give to their beaus, carving symbols of love; hearts; Celtic knots; bells; and horseshoes. Ask Deirdre about workshops! www.gympiewoodworkers.org.au

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Lacemakers – with it’s exact origin in dispute, historians at least agree that the late 16th century marked a rapid development in lacemaking, when lace came into it’s own, dominating trendes in both fashion and home decor. The Fraser Coast Lacemakers exhibited and demonstrated this exquisite art form.

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Master Carver – Bruce Weier is a renowned master craftsman in all aspects of wood carving, turning, fretwork and antique restoration. On the rare occasions when he isn’t working on commissions from around the world, he’s busy creating intricate and beautifully detailed signature works, releasing the varied flora and fauna hidden within each piece of wood. His aim is to continue to create wood carvings in the style of famous 18th century English carver, Grinling Gibbons. www.bruceweierwoodcraft.com 

Workshop: – Bruce enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for wood working with people at all levels of accomplishment. A sought-after tutor nationally, he will be conducting 2 workshops over the “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo weekend – details coming soon. www.bruceweierwoodcraft.com

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Wild Baskets – Master weavers Judith and Richard Wolski of “Wild Baskets” repurpose invasive weeds and vines – like morning glory, cats claw creeper, white moth vine and lantana – into creative and functional woven baskets – throw in some grasses and dead leaves, and you have an art piece! www.facebook.com/pg/Wildbaskets/about/

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Spoons by Jeff – A twisted stick with a odd protruding lump, a gnarly knobbly burl, a battered offcut from a cracked stump – all the stuff from which Jeff’s inventive, elegant spoons and delicate bowls are so beautifully crafted. Traditionally functional or irregular, wonderfully textural and tactile, his works are sought after by collectors and galleries throughout Australia. www.facebook.com/SpoonsByJeff/

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Ceramicist – Using processes that include raku, smoke and saggar firings, Carol’s handcrafted techniques and self-made glazes ensure that no two pots are ever the same. www.hinterlandceramics.com 

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BeekeepersValley Bees are committed to support the diversity of honey bees, social stingless bees and solitary bees, along with a focus on pollination and habitat. Auspiced by the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee. www.valleybees.org.au

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Tinsmith – With the Industrial Revolution in early 18th century came the ready availability of affordable sheet metal. Tinsmithing flourished with travelling tinkers supplying basic but essential wares – pots and pans, lanterns and candle lamps, tubs and buckets – to miners, farmers and settlers as they journeyed further and further afield. Tin utensils soon became as common in everyday lives as plastic is today. Rebecca Morgan, of Tinkers World, proudly keeps this almost forgotten craft going. www.facebook.com/Tinkers-World

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Papermaker – Master papermaker Dion Channer has exhibited his handmade paper around the world. At this event, he demonstrated how paper was made by hand back in the day: “The way I shall do it is the same way it has been done for nearly 3,000 years with some variations on the theme.” Using raw materials such as mulberry bark and various types of cellulose, plant derived, fibres for his exquisite papers, Dion creates writing paper, envelopes, paper for limited edition books and miniatures to major art installations, room dividers, and sculptures.

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Mosaics – The earliest known mosaics were found in a Mesopotamian temple dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Made up of ivory, seashells, and stones, these decorative, colourful pictorials laid the groundwork for this artform, establishing a craft that was to continue on for thousands of years into the future. Sue Purnell creates individual, originally designed and hand-crafted mosaic pieces, with breathtaking patterns brought to life when light is passed through each tiny handcut piece of coloured glass. www.facebook.com/mosaicsbysue/

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Blacksmith – A regular demonstrator at Gympie’s Woodworks Museum, Geoff gets all fired up! Bringing along his portable forge, he’ll demonstrate blacksmithing and show a range of items being produced. www.woodworksmuseum.com.au

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Lapidary – Lapidary, the art of cutting and polishing stone, has its roots in prehistory, as early humans began fashioning stone tools and weapons. In time, these techniques were also used for items of personal adornment. Lapidary today encompasses four art forms: tumbling, cabbing, faceting, and carving, using stone and gem materials. Meet the lapidarists from Gympie’s Gem Club, catch their enthusiasm – a dedicated group with a wealth of knowledge to share. www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Gympie-Gem-Club/

 

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Glassblower – Lamp worked glass, a type of glasswork where a torch or lamp is used to melt a solid rod of glass before blowing and shaping it while it’s still molten, has a history spanning thousands of years, reaching it’s height in Murano, Italy in the 14th century. Rob Fleming of Kin Kin Beads hand-makes beads using Venetian glass and this traditional technique. He began making beads around 2004 and was immediately captivated. Rob has made solid beads since beginning lampwork and is currently exploring the possibilities of blown hollow glass beads. www.facebook.com/Kin-Kin-Beads/

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Hart’s HarpsHart’s Harps – Ziko Hart is a creator of fine hand-made specialist harps, crafted from a combination of traditional materials and modern durable materials such as hemp composite. He is also researching traditional and vintage harps and involved in their restoration. www.zikohart.com/page6/index.html

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Silversmithing – The oldest known piece of tooled or silversmithed silver dates to 600 BC – and many of the tools used in ancient times are still used by the silversmiths of today: tongs, hammers, blow pipes with clay nozzle, used to shape drinking and eating utensils, jewelry, armour, vases and artpieces. Meet the silversmiths from Gympie’s Gem Club and discover the addictive – and ancient – art of silversmithing. www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Gympie-Gem-Club/

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Spinner & Weaver – Ros Evans, the Foxy Felter, is a keen spinner and weaver, using wools from her own alpacas raised by hand on her Gympie property. Interesting mixes of wools create lovely soft weavings, like the scarf pictured below made from alpaca and bamboo.

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Manu’s Gilding – Manu Bugallo, of Manu’s Restoration & Design, is a renowned gilder, French polisher and antique picture frame restorer, having spent many years being mentored by master craftsmen in both London and Europe. He emulates a gilding process that has remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years – he now spends every day doing what he loves, shaping and restoring treasures which bear the scars of decades of wear and tear. His small shops sees many deliveries of precious pieces from locations across the globe. www.facebook.com/manusrestoration/

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Shingle splitter – Shingles & Shakes – Col is a regular demonstrator of shingle splitting at Gympie’s Woodworks Museum. In our pioneer days, rooves were first covered with bark, and later with shingles split from a then ready supply of materials. In recent times, even the tools are in the nearly forgotten past. Col demonstrates the what and the how of this once essential craft. www.woodworksmuseum.com.au

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Pen maker – Mark Wilson retired and found a new passion in life, turning pens and making hand crafted boxes. His attention to detail produces beautiful works of art. He runs courses on pen making at The Gympie and District Woodworkers Club. www.gympiewoodworkers.org.au

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Luther & Sensory Harpmaker – Bruce Walker’s shed tells all about his love of woodwork – on benches cluttered with tools and sawdust lay pieces of beautifully crafted guitars, ukeleles, intricately inlaid boxes, carvings and more. From the rafters hang a forest of turned chair legs, scrolled posts and rough planks, all in various stages of refinement. A talented artisan and woodwork tutor, Bruce is renowned for his sensory harps, which help in healing through musical therapy and the sensation of vibrations for the elderly and informed. www.gympiewoodworkers.org.au

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A power-packed show of the craft of yesteryear – consummate showman with a rollicking sense of humour, Stan Ceglinski’s power-packed show inspires a love for age-old traditions of all types of bushcraft. A mountain of a man, an award-winning bushcrafter with a deep love and knowledge of the skills of yesteryear, he will take you on a sentimental journey into our heritage and our past, passing on a host of knowledge that our country must not lose.

Stan loves wood and sees it, not only as part of Australia’s heritage, but as a magnificent and vital part of our daily lives. “To become a true craftsman” he says, “a man must live in wood, listen to it, learn it, love it and understand it.” “Technology vs Tradition”. www.billinudgelwoodworks.com.au

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And for the kids! – “Have-a-go” activities and demonstrations in traditional bushcraft – a learning program for the kids!

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