ARTISANS On The Hill will again give people the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best artisans.
They will demonstrate their skills, answer questions and run workshops, allowing the chance for people to get hands-on on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the annual Artisans Expo hosted at the cafe.
Artisans Expo is a unique opportunity for schools, clubs, groups and anyone interested in seeing the skilled artisans in action.
There will be the opportunity to purchase finished pieces, equipment and consumables.
There will also be specialty providers who supply hard to get tools and consumables for your craft.
“Where else can you chat to a luthier (guitar maker), working beside a glass blower, wood turner, blacksmith, jewellery maker, furniture restorer and many more – all in the one place at the one time? It’s a great resource for students doing any of the TAS or art subjects,” Artisans on the Hill’s Peter Calabria said.
A feature this year is “The Axe”, a life size chopper (Harley) made entirely out of wood by ex-Tinonee local, Neil Collier.
“Families, tradies, avid crafters, clubs, schools, groups are just some of those who will appreciate the work of skilled artisans,” Peter said.
While developing the concept of Artisans On The Hill as a gallery, coffee lounge, bed and breakfast and craft teaching facility, it was always in Peter and wife Christine’s mind to bring together some of Australia’s best talent for an event.
The first Artisans Expo was organised at short notice in February 2011, when Newcastle wood show was cancelled, and attracted around 500 visitors.
Peter and Christine decided to make it an annual event, on the last weekend in February each year. The 2012 expo attracted around 1000 people.
The 2013 Artisans Expo has even more exhibitors with more under cover space.
The expo will run over three days, this Friday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm, and on Sunday between 10am and 2pm.
Workshops in glass blowing will be held on Monday, February 25, a two day bandsaw box workshop on February 26 and 27, and a Hebel sculpture weekend on March 9 and 10.
Artisans On The Hill is at 702 Tinonee Road, Mondrook.
This year, Artisans Expo will provide an opportunity for Taree Rescue Squad and Wingham Rotary Club to raise funds.
Entry is $5 per person daily and group, bus and coach facilities are available.
Schools and groups should contact Peter or Christine at Artisans On The Hill on 6553 1199 to organise arrival time and group payment, or just to get more information.