A Fair in the Woods II

 Weaving.  This is something I have always wanted to learn to do.

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 I have always wanted to learn how to spin too.

 Look at this lathe.

 She pumps the peddles to turn it while he uses the tools to shape the spindle.

 I bought more apple cider here.

 See the guy throwing the apples into the top.

 The other guy turns the handle to press the apples to extract the juice.

 Just hanging out at the cabin.  Check out the roof.

 Later they will prepare dinner over an open fire.

 This is my kind of cooking.  I would love to still prepare food this way.


 And bees wax candles.

 I bought a large jar of clover honey.

 Busy bees.

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 Who knew?

 Sauerkraut making.

 Adding salt.


 Letters of credit accepted...haha.

 Fried mush is fried cornmeal, think polenta. It is served with maple syrup.

 The community garden.

 Samples of what they grow.

 Leaves made from gourds.

 Decorated gourds.

 Lamps made from gourds.

Hope you enjoyed this festival.  We are now into Fall festival season so we will have lots more to post soon.


Anonymous said…
this is amazing, do these people live like this all the time or is this just set up for Fall? I know of communities here that live the old ways all the time, they are some religious group I believe, I have never saw leaves made from Gourds, I love them, I have always tried to grow gourds but our growing season is so short, I would need a green house to start them, this is a wonderful festival, I find it really hard now to get bees wax, there are so few bee keepers in our area, its a real competition to buy the wax, its been a hard few years on bees
Looks like a great festival! Does anything smell so good as beeswax candles?
Susan said…
Oh, my gosh! I could have just moved in there. What a terrific festival! It is such a treat to see something like this - without all the 'junk' of the usual festivals.
Ellen in Oregon said…
It reminds me of a mini-Williamsburg with all the demonstrations & authentic crafts. I am in love with those gourd leaves. The rich colors achieved with paint & stains is wonderful. I would love to try making some myself. I knew there was a reason I bought that woodburning pen 35 yrs. ago & hung on to it.
This festival seems like the best one you went to this year. Hopefully, you & the Blog Tech (how is he doing by the way?) didn't have to drive a zillion miles to reach this destination. Thanks for sharing your festival excursions & taking us to places that most of us
Guillaume said…
Oh I LOVE those fair in the woods pictures! Again, geeky moment: it reminds me of the rangers gathering of my Dungeons & Dragons game.
Mary Ann said…
What festival was this???
I love those handcrafted leaves and the lamps. Just beautiful. I had a friend who knew how to spin and make baskets. Her husband was a wood carver.
Barb said…
Such a delightful festival! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your festival posts. We just don't have many of this type out here.
brokenteepee said…
I love all the gourd stuff. So clever
Herbalgirl said…
I loved this festival in the woods. Beats the pickle festival hands down!
Rue said…
I SO love when you share your adventures - especially at fairs/markets/festivals!

I love the gourd art, and would definitely have bought a broom from the last post. And the food vendor always make me hungry!