West’s Wood Fair is an event featuring the many interesting ways in which wood is used. Our exhibitors included trade stands selling timber and other wood-related products, and demonstrations such as sawmilling, cider pressing and chainsaw carving. This year we also had a thatching demonstration.
During the event we had heavy horses pulling our wooden pole-waggon, a tractor and trailer ride into the depths of the forest, and we fired our ballista across the field. On Saturday and Sunday, Adam’s Axe Men, the country’s best-known lumberjack display team put on a thrilling and entertaining performance in the arena. There were other activities to take part in, such as axe-throwing and archery.
We held several competitions over the weekend:
The Timber Identification Challenge which was won by Lionel Daniels, who guessed the most number of timbers and took away a £200 prize for his efforts. (Sadly, nobody managed to guess all 16 samples which would have meant a top prize of £500!)
The Cant Hook Race (for anybody wearing safety shoes). The two winners were Chris Madgwick and Gordon Edmonds who rolled the log from start to finish in 23.82 seconds.
The Chainsaw Race which was won by Simon Lillywhite who got his hands on the 1st prize which was a STIHL MS180 chainsaw supplied by DM Chainsaws.
The Hand Saw Race, won by Richard Butlin who took home a box of Reisser screws and a Bluetooth radio kindly donated by Covers.
There was a steam engine, some vintage tractors and a Matador. We also had workshop demonstrations showing our woodworking machines in use and opened the showroom for visitors to look at our fine furniture and joinery.
There was a wide range of food and drink available and The Woodturner’s Rest pub was open and serving a selection of 14 Real Ales and our own Westie’s Bad Apple Cider which was made on the premises. Throughout the weekend we had live music performances from Mike Fry, Phil & Jane, Ben Pryer & The Lucky Dogs, The Why Band, Steve Williams, Lorelei Rock and The Jim Hammond Duo.
A big thank you to everybody who came along. We hope you enjoyed yourselves! If you missed the event, you can have a look below at some of the videos and photographs taken from past Wood Fairs.
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We are already planning the 2020 fair and if you are interested in coming along you can leave your name and email and we will send you more details closer to the time.