Friday, July 4, 2008

New River Gorge Heritage Festival, Fayetteville, WV

Bud Thompson's exhibit at festival

Two Lost Arts Guild members accepted invitations to demonstrate at the New River Gorge Heritage Festival in Fayetteville, West Virginia, over the weekend of June 27-29. Despite some stormy weather and rain, both exhibitors were well-received. The hospitality of the town was delightful, with offers of shelter on neighboring porches in case of storms and a nice dinner supplied to all the Civil War re-enactors and demonstrators on Saturday.

Bud Thompson demonstrated the art of blacksmithing and told stories of what a blacksmith would have done during the Civil War. Leslie Shelor spun wool on an antique upright wheel and explained what the lives of girls and women would have been like during the period. Both artisans offered items for sale to the public.