AS THE current television advertisement shows, Tamworth’s Craft Alive show this weekend is for everyone – even farmers who like to knit.
From 10am today until 4pm on Sunday, the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre will get crafty with activities to suit every skill level.
Craft Alive event and marketing strategist Rachael Karpman said paper craft and patchworking were the most requested activities, but there were many other craft items on offer.
“We try to have a good range of items including finished items, demonstrations, make and takes, cupcake decorating, flexible moulds, kits and a teddy bear hunt for the children,” she said.
“We even cater for reluctant husbands with furniture made from barrels.”
David Dee from Aussie Drum Furniture hails from Tatura in Victoria and said his idea came about from reconditioning drums in 2000.
“My brother and I were running a drum reconditioning plant for SPC who used to go through 150,000 drums a year,” he said.
In 2000 they had 3000 drums stacked up.
Mr Dee said a bloke who was working for them saw other furniture made from the likes of tractor parts and over a few beers, drum furniture was born.
The business grew after an invitation to the Seymour Field Days and the rest is history.
They make swivel chairs and matching insulated drinks tables, all on show at TRECC.
Ms Karpman said they loved bringing the show to the country.
“Everyone is so nice and friendly and we like to get the local groups involved,” she said.
Tamworth Embroidery Guild is one local exhibitor at the show.
For those with a sweet tooth, there are gourmet sweets on offer and a one kilogram chocolate freckle to win.
There are also free magazines for the first 100 people through the doors this morning.