Bumper Christmas Market

Wow what a fantastic day we had on Saturday! The effort from everyone involved was stupendous, thanks so much!! Here’s a few pics we managed to take of the day 🙂 See you on 24th March 2018!

Bird of Happiness

At this year’s bumper December Makers Market with more than forty amazingly varied stalls, we are pleased to give you the wonderful opportunity to meet Anatole Ageev of ‘Bird of Happiness’ a traditional Russian woodcarver!

He began woodcarving at age 6, taught by his father, an engineer, to make small wooden gift boxes and simple toys, and this led to a lifetime love of working with wood. Woodcarving is a very old tradition in his home village of Novocherkask in the North Caucasus, not far from the Black Sea, where the people walk into the mountains to collect branches to take home for carving.

Anatole has travelled widely learning from many styles and cultures to become a real master craftsman. He has trained in French Baroque style and makes very ornate frames for pictures and mirrors, some even with gold leaf, on commission for many customers in France, Germany and Russia. His travels also took him to Asia, learning wood sculpture techniques in Cambodia where he made masks and Buddha’s.

However at Fakenham Makers Market he is selling something very close to his heart – intricately carved wooden birds that you suspend from the ceiling to bring good fortune and well being to your home. This tradition, dating back to the 16th century is from the Arkhangelsk region in Northern Russia, famous for all its carved wooden houses and churches. Legend tells of a woodcutter whose son fell very ill in midwinter and none of the doctors could cure him, and then one more doctor arrived and said that he would be well again when the birds came back in the spring. As it was many months to wait until the spring the woodcutter heard this, and decided to make carved birds and hang them from the ceiling above the boy’s sickbed, and miraculously he was cured!

Santa will also be attending the bumper Christmas Fakenham Makers Market which takes place on Saturday 9 December at Fakenham Parish Church. It is open between 10am – 2pm with a large range of makers, crafters and artists. Great for finding some really original cards and presents, the markets also offers delicious cakes and light lunches, as well as live music to enjoy. More information on the market can be found at www.fakenhammakersmarket.co.uk.

Saturday 9th Dec 2017 – Fakenham Makers Market – Bumper Christmas Market -Fakenham Parish Church – Oak Street Fakenham – 10 am -2 pm
Including visit from Santa, Christmas Raffle, live music, mulled wine and mince pies – free entry

‘Turned Out Nice’

We have a new wood turner exhibiting with us this month, David Dwyer of ‘Turned Out Nice’. On his stall he will be exhibiting beautiful objects like this turned wooden bowl. Those of you who like traditional craft, get down to the Fakenham parish church on Saturday 25th November and take a look! 🙂

Creative Chalk

We have another gorgeous addition to our market this Saturday 25th November. Tanya Mewes of ‘Creative Chalk’. She makes these wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas boxes you can buy for that special person in your life, I’e got a feeling she’s going to sell out! 🙂

Fakenham Makers Market Saturday 22nd April

What fabulous market we had on Saturday, lots of new exhibitors and lots of smiley faces. scroll down to get a glimpse of the day! 🙂

Crofts Crafts

This is a wonderfully simple card made by Becky Coggins of ‘Crofts Crafts’ A fresh look just right for spring occasions. Come and see her work along side so many other beautiful things, this Saturday 22nd April! 🙂

March Makers Market

Our March makers market is only two weeks away so do put it in your diary!

Flint Cottage

We are delighted to have Paul Jarvis of ‘Flint Cottage’ with us for the first time this Saturday. He makes wonderful decorative Items cut from wood such as this lovely hare. Come along and see his work and the many other wonderful things for sale and Santa is paying another visit 🙂

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