A fascinating display of how glassware is created. Glass blowing bubbles and shapes come to life in an entertaining way.
Ed and Margaret Burke created E+M Glass in the mid 1980’s. They have been designing and making unique works of art for the table from their studio on the Welsh and English borders since 1988. They attend all of Living Heritage events demonstrating their skills and are now joined by son Charlie and his wife Amelia. Shows every hour on the hour – come early as they tend to get very full.
We have a few different Blacksmiths attending Thame Country Fair, bringing an insight into this fascinating and very traditional English craft.
Stokes Blacksmiths are at the majority of our shows. It is a long standing family business, now run by Chris Stokes, who has been a blacksmith for over thirty years. He says he loves his work because of the creativity involved; the knowledge that he is leaving a legacy in his work that will last for many many years into the future and that fact that he never knows who his next customer will be.
And you can have a go too! Make an original hook or keyring and get involved!
We enjoy a number of different textile related working crafts at our country shows – from jumbo knitting through to embroidery.
We also have the very traditional art of spinning at many of our shows. See how sheeps’ wool is spun into the knitting wool we are so familiar with – often on a giant spinning wheel.
Then watch the master weaver at work. With a variety of rugs, throws and other products to see, you will be fascinated at how this master craftsman brings the wool together to create such amazing results.
Demonstrating the traditional art of walking stick making, choose a stick which really reflects your interests and personality. From animals to fish, traditional hooked ends and plenty more.
The making of brooms, also known as ‘besoms’ or ‘besom brooms’, consisting of a bundle of twigs (often birch) tied around a stick. They are favoured by some gardeners for specific jobs, sweeping leafs of patios, moss from timber decking or as the broom head wears down and becomes more stiff it can be used for clearing moss or worm casts from lawns or dog hair from rugs. Many people like its natural charm and look well as an ornament in a conservatory or kitchen. Come and see how they are made.
Taste the honey, meet the bees. A fascinating display from people who understand the world of the bee.
Many more crafters tbc.