Your article: Craft people set to visit village for annual festival

Artist Shirley Davis-Dew at last year's Fangfest
Artist Shirley Davis-Dew at last year's Fangfest

Craft people from all over the region are set to descend on Fangfoss this weekend to display their skills in the annual Fangfest festival.

One of the major draws of the festival is the number of people who set up their stalls and demonstrate how their products are made.

At Fangfoss Pottery, visitors will be able to see how a teapot is made from beginning to end at the ‘teapot masterclass’ demonstration. Also at the pottery will be Penny de Corte demonstrating her sculptural ceramic techniques.

She will be showing how naked raku is produced at 4pm, a technique involving fire, flames and sawdust.

At the Rocking Horse Shop there will be woodcarvers on hand to talk about carving, painting and gessoing rocking horses. Leather workers will be showing how the ‘tacking up’ is done.

There will be plenty to see for the wood enthusiasts – a pole lathe turner is set to show how green wood can be turned into household objects, while traditional woodturners will be using their lathes to make wooden bowls and other items. For something more adventurous there will even be a chain saw sculptor.

Spinning and weaving will be demonstrated. Visitors watch corn dollies and willow stars being made and for a nominal fee make one of their own. Jewellery, knitting and sewing will also be exhibited.

Local breweries will also be represented at The Carpenters Arms pub, which has new owners. They will be opening this weekend with a mini beer festival, and live music in the evenings.

Parking and admission to the festival is free. It is open from 9am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.