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25th Ickworth Wood & Craft Fair 2014
Image by Dave Catchpole
25th Ickworth Wood & Craft Fair
A great day out on Sunday 5 October 2014, at the 25th Ickworth Wood and Craft Fair.
It all began in the in 1989 when after the great storm of 1987, the estate found it had significant tree damage and an excess of wood to dispose of. The first sales of wood were held in the empty shell that was the West Wing of Ickworth at the time, but it rapidly grew out of this space and moved outside. Today it’s evolved into a weekend for everyone to enjoy as woodcraft and many other country craft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce, wood demonstrations, craft stalls and children’s activities including archery to test your skills.
This is a rare opportunity for wood professionals and enthusiasts to buy quality Ickworth wood milled from the estate. Choose from oak, ash, sycamore, cedar and cherry, ¼ sawn 1" to 2 ½" planks. The wood this year was naturally resourced after the recent storms, as well as felled within the management of the estate.
Specialist Wood Displays and Stalls
An opportunity to watch craftsmen at work turning British wood into unique pieces of art. A wide variety of stalls selling everything from handmade wooden puppets to tables, sculptures, rocking chairs and bird tables to windchimes.
Many stalls selling quality homemade and home restored items, by the stall holders. From tempting cakes to pretty jewellery. The perfect time to for early buying of Christmas presents that will impress everyone and that are not available on the high street.
Eating and Drinking Stalls
A wide variety to choose from. From hog roast, hot dogs or possibly a jacket potato, together with a refreshing glass of fresh lemonade or maybe a beer to wash it all down. The chance to take some local brewed St Peter’s beer home or home brewed ciders.
A visit the pottery tent where the Anglian potters could be found, selling a wide variety of beautiful handmade products including raku fired pieces. You could also see the Raku firing kiln and learn all about the art of pottery with live ‘throwing wheel’ demonstrations.
There were a number of other pottery stalls where you could admire the skills of the stall holders and purchase the items they’ve made. You could even add your own designs to a plate which would be fired and sent to you. A lovely momento to remember the day.
‘Oliver’ Steam Traction Engine
Oliver the ‘Little Ruston’ steam traction engine opened and closed the fair with his arrival and departure tooting his horn. Watching the engine at work sawing wood, a fantastic opportunity to step back in time and reminisce about bygone days.
My two cents:
1) I hope the production company, HorseArcher, drops Richard Strauss’ Thus Spake Zarathrusta. As background music, a bit hackneyed.
2) I’m happy to see Legend Brewing and its brewmaster John Wampler —under-sung stars of the Virginia brewing scene— get some well-deserved props.
From the production company:
"A year in the life of Legend Brewing, a craft brewery and pub in Richmond, Virginia, as they prepare for their 20th anniversary, add Hopfest to their year round line, take their beers to festivals and navigate the complex world of inter-state distribution laws as they seek to expand their footprint.
Forget glamour and glitz — we’ll take you inside the real process so you’ll understand the art of beer making as well and capture the story of how this brew has united people– from professional rock climbers to college professors–who otherwise would not even know one another. And we’ll document the legends of Legend from runaway kegs, to ice storm lock-ins to the showdown between two local rival TV personalities. And perhaps most importantly, we’ll show you just how significant a brewery can be to the local economy and community.
If you care about American small business, see the value of the local food movement or just love a great beer, please support this film. When this film is completed it will be Horse Archer Productions’ ninth documentary, so we know how to do this right . . . but we need your help.
The funds will go directly to cover costs associated with production and post-production of the documentary. There are several costs you probably never thought of, from legal fees and insurance to travel expenses, supplies and design work. But, the most important thing is being able to pay our crew fairly. Independent film companies like ours rely on freelance workers who deserve fair compensation. We believe in paying artists."
More on the fundraising campaign, which looks to raise ,000 on the crowd-funding site, IndieGoGo, by 2 April 2013.
A look at Legend Brewing on its 17th anniversary, in 2011: here.