Be transported back to a time when the art of handmade was an essential skill.
Meet the makers as they demonstrate their traditional arts, forgotten crafts and rare trades.
Silversmith, tool maker, artist, woodworker, jewellery maker, stonemason, leatherworker will immerse Steamfest audiences in the skills and crafts of yesteryear, by allowing audiences to engage, interact and be educated by ‘The Maker and Merchant’.
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MEET OUR MAKERS
BLADESMITHING - JOEL DAVEY
Joel started exploring his interest in bladesmithing while working at an industrial heat treat facility, where he learned metallurgy and the processes involved in hardening steel. Joel was always fascinated by the history of metal work, how it has developed over time and the way it shapes cultures. His experiments in forging with his drive to refine his skills and techniques naturally evolved into knife making. Joel founded Adamas Forge and immersed himself into his practice fulltime, striving to learn and create.
Joel worked in and around the restaurant industry in the Hunter Valley region throughout his younger years and now enjoys crafting blades and cutlery for many well-established restaurants and chefs. He is passionate about the intricacies of a beautifully crafted Chef knife, in all its varieties and forms, and strives to create something both functional and unique.
BLACKSMITH - NIGEL STOKES
For Nigel, blacksmithing came out of the blue when it was time to start making my way in life. It was an apprenticeship offered in the mining industry in the UK in the late 70s and was more of an industrial upbringing, but it taught me how hot steel could be shaped by both hand and machine. Most of my time was spent making tools and other mining related items, with just minimal time allowed to focus on decorative work.
Move forward several years, a change of industry and a new country but I never lost the urge to work with hot steel.
A chance meeting with a local blacksmith and the fire was restarted, but this time, based more on decorative and artistic work and “Phoenix Forge” emerged.
Since re awakening, I have been busy showcasing the craft at many different shows, fairs, and events, along with the sale of various items through local galleries and commissions as well as exhibitions throughout Australia.
Based at Glen Oak, a small country town between Maitland and the Barrington Tops, the forge is fully equipped for minor industrial and decorative work.
ARTISAN - Marieke Treloar
Marieke Treloar is an artisan jeweller and the creator behind Celtic Stag. She hand crafts unique, functional and decorative giftware and men’s jewellery using traditional techniques.
Steamfest gives Marieke the perfect opportunity to bring out her Steampunk persona “The Tinker of Celtic Stag”. The Tinker is all about sharing not only traditional skills and knowledge of the jewellery trade but also wants to encourage current and future generations of jewellers and artisans to adopt a philosophy of “Creating Zero Harm”.
Marieke works with a variety of media including gold, silver, copper, brass, leather, semi-precious gems. In keeping with her eco-centred work practices she also uses as many recycled materials as possible, vinyl records, coins and vintage cutlery to mention but a few.
WOOL CRAFT - Linda Liversidge
Ettielynn Creations is the passion project and brainchild of local woman Linda Liversidge. Her business was developed in 2018 as a creative outlet to pursue her passion for wool craft.
Linda is a speed spinner and knitter, among the fastest in the world. She has held a deep love for all things wool craft since her very first project as a child – a knitted horse named Suzie, created at age 9. Growing up on a small farm in New Zealand, her first job as a roustabout on her brother’s sheering gang helped cement her love for the natural world and a simpler way of doing things; values she carries through into her business today.
Linda was a key member of Maitland’s very own Spinning Knitwits, a local spinning and knitting group who were crowned world champions of the International Back to Back Competition in 2017. The team raced the clock and other teams from around the globe to shear a sheep, spin it’s wool and knit a jumper from scratch in record time. All while raising funds for cancer research.
Ettielyn creations’ wares include hand spun wool, a variety of knitted item and soft toys, including a range of Rudolf Steiner inspired dolls. Her items are created with sustainability and ethical sourcing of materials in mind.