The hills are alive with craft artisans. And we attend a lot of the craft fairs here and in neighboring counties. Not necessarily to buy, but always to look and to admire. One crafter's guild held a fair last weekend. And the variety of crafts was amazing, far too many to include in one post.
I love the wooden toys. My favorites are the Noah's Arks with the animals two by two. In earlier days children were not allowed to play with toys on the Sabbath. So biblical characters were carved by creative parents and grandparents, the most popular being Noah's Ark. Since these carvings represented stories from the Holy Bible, they were not considered true toys.
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There were arks of various sizes.
There was a huge one but I couldn't grab a picture without so many admiring people around it.
One craftsman makes animals and flowers from ordinary metal objects that might otherwise have been discarded. It is interesting to try to identify the various tools and metals comprising each piece.
Who knew rebar could be twisted and welded into a piece of art? (Did you know that "rebar" is short for "reinforcing bar"?
Dave's stained glass is always popular. He makes a variety of smaller sun catchers and ornaments.
And some very large and lovely glass pieces as well.
It's always a fun time to see all the wonderful and clever crafts. And we do often buy pieces for ourselves or for gifts from the mountains. We have purchased several yard birds that are scattered throughout out yard.