This had to be the best value festival ever. For the same price you would pay on a local campsite there was everything a spoon carving enthusiast could possibly want:- free wood, chopping blocks, inspirational teachers from around the world, food, local beer (after tools down of course), and the friendly company of nearly 200 other spooners. The atmosphere was great and inclusive so even people coming on their own felt involved. Skill sharing was rife and everyone from complete beginners to seasoned pro's had a fantastic time and the friendly atmosphere was infectious.
It's a big step from having a mad idea to actually pulling it off so a big thank you to Robin and barn for doing it and all the volunteers and people of Edale who helped to make it happen.
I arrived on Thursday to help get the party started and make sure the beer was well tested but also to attend the first workshop with Jogge Sundqvist on the Friday morning. He was booked to do the opening lecture in the evening but added two workshops as well.
Jogge's lecture was outstanding and worth the visit in its own right.
Fortunately, some of my spoons sold in the spoon shop (below) so I managed to make a small 'profit' over my purchases.
After tea on Saturday night there was campfire singing into the early hours well away from the campsite.
Sunday morning saw another set of workshops organised ........
.... but people were better organised for queueing than before ....
..... with impromptu entertainment.
The last hour or so on Sunday saw a special collaborative event which was enjoyed by everyone. Sean Hellman took photos so I won't say anymore as I expect they will appear on another blog soon.
If you didn't attend this event make sure you look out for the next one and register as soon as possible.
Thanks again to all involved for a memorable event.