Getting wild about wood and crazy about craft at Big Tent Festival

The Big Tent 2010, Angus Clyne Yew vase

Traditional wood and crafting skills will be on show at this year’s Big Tent, Scotland’s leading green festival indicating that Scotland’s forest and wood culture is alive and well.

At the entrance to the Big Tent visitors will find the amazing Wood and Craft Zone where they can take time to wander and enjoy the talents of craft workers in many mediums: meet the makers, listen to a talk or music in the Big Yurt or even try their hand at learning a new craft.

In the Wood and Craft Pavilion and Courtyard, there will be displays and demonstrations of work by some of Scotland’s finest designers and makers including furniture, wood turning, basket making, textiles, metal, ceramics and printing with plant dyes.

In The Big Yurt there’s a programme of talks and discussions on topics including 21st century woodlands, Food from the forest and ‘Useful and beautiful? Sustaining Craft in the 21st Century’. In addition several of the makers will be talking about their creative process.

The specially commissioned SEDA cabin, designed and built on-site by David Blair, is a practical and inspirational demonstration of sustainable ecological design in wood. Inside there will be displays and talks on eco-renovation and designing new ‘green’ homes. You can also meet members of Reforesting Scotland, Scottish Wild Harvest Association and Association of Scottish Hardwood Sawmillers, and find out about using wood fuel.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer, EventScotland said “We are delighted to be supporting Big Tent again this year. Billed as Scotland’s Green festival, its stunning surroundings clearly demonstrate Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and in the year of food and drink is a great example of an event with a quality offering that promotes local Scottish produce”.

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