Rare Trades, once taught by master to apprentice, are hand skills of olde, used to make functional, useful, beautiful things that last.

NOVEMBER EVENT: Spoonjam 2017



November 25, 26  2017

BOOK IT IN!
A real treat for spoonerds;
 a little festival dedicated to the traditional
and beautiful art of hand carved wooden spoons.
This year there may also be 'the best carver in the spooniverse' attending.
Check out the website to find out more:
  Pambula, NSW.

OCTOBER EVENT: Timeline Festival

October 28, 29  2017
Timeline brings up to 300 re-enactors covering all periods of history
 from the dark ages through to WW2.
There will be traditional trades there, 
and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
  Kryal Castle, Ballarat, Victoria.

OCTOBER EVENT: padlock making workshop


October 14, 2017

The Keyhole Surgeon Locksmith

Learn how to make your very own 
Jacksons lever padlock and hand cut a key, 
and take it all home with you! 

Check out the website to find out more:
  Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Vic.

MAY EVENT: Melbourne Knife Show

May 6, 7  2017

  View and purchase some of the finest hand made knives in Australia 
by some of the best Australian makers.

Check out the website to find out more:
  Attwood, Victoria.

SEPTEMBER EVENT: St. Ives Medieval Faire

September 23,24  2017

Our directory Rtradie, Tim Schloss, will be there
and we have heard it's a bonza event.  
Looks like fun, so if you are in the area, follow the link and check it out:

 St Ives, NSW.

AUGUST EVENT: Sydney Knife Show

August 5,6
The Sydney Knife Show is Australia’s largest knife show, 
featuring a diverse array of knives, tools and supplies 
from manufacturers, knifemakers, collectors, dealers 
and associated industries all under one roof.
Follow the link. Make a plan. Go there:

Sydney Knife Show
  Rosehill, NSW.

AUGUST EVENT: Padlock making workshop

August 5, 2017

Learn how to make your very own 
Jacksons lever padlock and hand cut a key, 
and take it all home with you! 

Check out the website to find out more:
  Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Vic.

APRIL EVENT: The End festival in NSW

April 21-23
Observe craftspeople making beautiful objects during the festival. Watch people using traditional tools, spooncarving, weaving and doing leather work, straw marquetry furniture, eco-printing and historic photography.
 Follow the link:
Hill End, NSW.

APRIL EVENT: 16th Historical Machinery Rally


 April 21-23
The 16th National Historical Machinery Rally 
is being held in Hamilton this month.
If you use, repair, restore or just admire stationary engines, 
tractors, machinery and vehicles, then this is definitely for you.
 Follow the link:

Hamilton, Victoria.

APRIL EVENT: Maldon Annual Engine Rally

 April 14-16

The 6th Annual Maldon Vintage Machinery Rally 
will be held this easter showcasing machinery 
from agriculture, manufacturing, and pumping. 
There will be various other diplays open for perusal, 
and food available on site.
Follow the link:


 Maldon, Victoria.

JUNE EVENT: Padlock making workshop


June 10, 2017

The Keyhole Surgeon Locksmith
Learn how to make your very own 
Jacksons lever padlock and hand cut a key, 
and take it all home with you! 

Check out the website to find out more:
  Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Vic.

MAY EVENT: Ballarat Apron Festival



May 27, 28  2017

  Aprons - a potent symbol worldwide for rolling up sleeves and getting to work,
working with your hands, working with others, and making things together.

Whether it's in the kitchen, in the garden, the workshop or studio, 
aprons now and in the past represent a fascinating connection with community.

Check out the website to find out more:
 
  Ballarat, Victoria.

DRY STONE WALLS AUSTRALIA



The Dry Stone Walls Association purpose is to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the historical and contemporary contribution of the construction of dry stone walls in the shaping of Australia's physical and cultural landscape. Estab. 2002 in Ballarat, Victoria. 

Primary Contact: President - Jim Holdsworth, 0417 64 8218 

#drystonewalls #drystonewallsassociationaustralia #raretradesaustralia #raretrades

ISSI: International Specialist Skills Institute


The International Specialized Skills Institute is a non-profit organisation that provides overseas Fellowships for Australians to increase their knowledge and skills across a variety of industries and traditional trades. This knowledge is dispersed through reports and passed onto industry leaders and institutions to create a better skilled Australia. 
Founded over 25 years ago by Sir James Gobbo AC CVO QC, former Governor of Victoria, the ISS Institute has always held a deep interest in fostering the continued practice of lost and rare artisan trades through international research Fellowships. 

If you would like to enquire further about applying for a Fellowship, or to read published ISS Institute Fellowship reports on lost and rare trades, please contact: 

Email: info@issinstitute.org.au 
Facebook: ISSInstitute 
Website: www.issinstitute.org.au

MARCH EVENT: Golden Plains Arts Trail

March 25, 26
Olivia O'Connor Rocking Horses will be at venue 18, 
and there is also a milliner along the trail too.
Well worth getting along.
The Golden Plains region is a arts and traditional skills trove 
that shares it's secrets in March each year.
Jump to the website (link below)
to plan your journey and download a map.
Golden Plains Arts Trail
  between Geelong and Ballarat, Victoria.