This year, the event is hoping to present the inaugural “Ancient Craft, Rare Trades” – a collective expo featuring incredible artisans and authentic makers of age-old workshop trades, rare field and household crafts. This expo will aim to inspire, educate and excite; to preserve traditional skills, passed on through centuries of knowledge; to encourage people to pursue traditional trades, created and crafted with their own hands and passion.

We are looking for authentic artisan/ craftsmen of: Bladesmithing, Ceramics, Chair Making, Chandling (Candlemaking), Cotton Spinning, Corn Dollie Making, Cricket Bat Making, Fly Rod Making, Leadlighting, Leather Working, Millinery, Printmaking, Rocking Horse Maker, Wooden Toymaking, Tinsmithing or any other rare trade.

We'd love to hear from you! Please contact us at or phone 0409 621 232



Here's a taste of some supporters:


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


Deirdre Wilson – 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.


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 will exhibit and demonstrate this exquisite art form – they will be happy to answer your questions, and show their skills!


Bookbinder – Master Photographer Australian Institute of Professional Photography and owner of Eye on Photography, Jan Ramsay presents her award-winning photographic collections in beautiful hand-bound books that she personnally designs and lovingly creates… works of art in themselves. On display will be a selection of these wonderful hand-crafted albums, with a chance to meet the maker.


Wild Baskets – Judy Wolski takes something hated, and turns it into something loved – pesky weeds and vines (with Morning Glory as a stand-out favourite) become beautiful material for weaving gloriously creative baskets – throw in some grasses and dead leaves, and you have an artpiece.


Vintage Toymaker – a huge – huge! – collection of vintage metal memorabilia, including handforged toys, gadgets & gizmos, signs etc from renowned classic car enthusiast/ blacksmith/ welder and collector, Jim Walsh.


Glassblower – Lampwork is a type of glass work where glass is melted with a torch, then formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Rob Fleming, of Kin Kin Beads, will be making his signature Venetian glass beads onsite using this time-honoured  technique.


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. W: 


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. W: