Woodworks! breaks records
If you missed it, you missed a great weekend. Two days of wood craft, trees, machines, real ale, arena displays and fantastic folk and roots music at the Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.
Highlights? It’s rather difficult and perhaps unfair to pick favourites, but hey I’m going to anyway!
From a woodcraft point of view, the wonderful hand made toys of the crazily named Yew can’t cedar wood fir the trees were very desirable, Vincent and Hall’s monster wine racks were something to behold and I rather lusted after a turned beer tankard made by James of Lock the Grain. Fiona Kingdon’s amazing wood pictures caused a bit of a stir too.
All the arena acts were wonderful. I loved David Seamark’s dogs herding geese into a fold created by a gang of kids. The Vikings were brilliant, English School of Falconry beautiful (hope you find that peregrine) and the chainsaw carvers awesome. Shame the horse logger didn’t show…
Music was spectacular this year. Fabnights’ Michele excelled herself in bringing together a lineup of great talent and variety. I have a bit of a soft spot for West African music, but wasn’t alone in finding Musa M’Boob and Xam Xam, on Saturday, irresistable. Sunday’s highlight was impossible to call so I’ll mention Tyde, from Northumberland, who’s piano accordian player, Andrew Waite, rocks. And of course there was Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. Their years of experience give them an easy, relaxed style that won over an admittedly already partisan audience.
Some thank yous
Thanks to all the exhibitors and musicians for being so welcoming, entertaining and fascinating. Thanks particularly to all the very many Forest Volunteers who made the event run smoothly, both front of house and behind the scenes - without your help we couldn’t begin to run Woodworks! Thank you also to all our supporters in 2012 - without their support we couldn’t afford to do it. A special thank you and congratulations to Anna Charles who co-ordinates Woodworks! Great job Anna.
Finally – thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the weekend. Over 3000 of you were here and that’s what makes it all worthwhile. Please vist the Forest again soon. Provisional dates for 2013 are 7 & 8 September.
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