FRETTING over the state of your fretwork? You are not alone. Bendigo's rich history is one of the things that makes it an ideal setting for the 2022 Lost Trades Fair, founder and organiser Lisa Rundell has said.
The delicate details that festoon many of the region's homes and public spaces have given the city's residents an important insight into the everyday management of heritage items.
"In Bendigo you're living with your history. It's not all tucked away safely in a museum,'' Ms Rundell said.
"It's fortunate that so many things were built to last. But I know that there are a lot of people wanting to know what to do if a rare lead light feature is broken or things need to be repaired or replaced. I think that's where the fair is a really valuable opportunity to get in touch with the artisans who know these crafts and can answer questions."
The Lost Trades Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see how things are made by hand. It attracts fretwork pattern makers, blacksmiths, toolmakers, silversmiths, clockmakers, woodworkers, bookbinders and many other experts.
The event is considered one the the largest traditional trades events in Australia and is returning after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Rundell said it would be held at the Bendigo Racecourse on March 19 and 20 from 9.30am-5pm.
"We have artisans coming from other states of Australia and we hope it might be possible to have some international ones come to join us too - but that will be depend on the rules closer to the date,'' she said.
"We have had about 12 new artisans contact us who have never been at the fair before and it will be exciting to have them there. We want to uncover things people have not seen before."
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