I stopped off at Barford for lunch at this partly 16th century Inn.
Great Badger ales and some interesting décor.
I also found some unusual panelling, apparently taken from a school around 1820.
The Wilderness Gathering 15/17th August Bush Farm Bison Centre West Knoyle Wiltshire BA12 6AE
I was invited to attend by Bardster who was demonstrating leatherwork and manning the Bushcraft shop at the Ball.
The organiser Roger organised a very successful event. He does not milk the traders and the demonstrators attend FOC.
I only understood the true relevance of the farm name after I consumed my first Bison burger!
This oven was made of very course clay and was up and running baking bread the next day.
The base was made from a square of low density blocks held with a strap.
There were many traders running activities to draw custom.
Lots of courses were advertised and sold as well as raw materials.
Another design for a rocket stove, a little over-engineered from thick wall 75mm square tube about 8” long and 10” high with a middle shelf and robust feet and trivet.
Not being insulated gave it some extra features – plate warming below and a flat hob above.
This demonstrator was really into his stone-age napping and drew big crowds.
I am still working on the development of successful displays to promote sales and our organisation.
One of the magazine crew talking about his very special relationship with animals.
He was playing with a very small weasel. He gave some very interesting talks during the weekend.
This was a very enjoyable weekend and plenty to see and do. The normal cost for traders this year was £140 per pitch but included four weekend tickets normally £75 each. It would be great to have more bodgers there next year.