Ancient Craft & Rare Trades Expo

Check out Gympie Rotary “Ancient Craft, Rare Trades” Expo, October 30 – 31, 2021

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie, the “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo is a tribute to the heritage trades of our past and a celebration of the artisans that keep these almost-forgotten trades alive.

Three outstanding artisans/musicians/luthiers who will join over 45 other makers of heritage trades and crafts, demonstrating all weekend in a village-like atmosphere in the stadium and Pavilion, Gympie Showgrounds.

Meet these diverse music makers at the event — be prepared for a song or three, lively jam sessions or even dueling banjos!

The luthiers will come with their handmade, beautifully crafted guitars, ukuleles, harps and more — bespoke instruments, crafted from the best of timbers, and from creative combinations of salvaged materials and innovative combinations of hemp composites, gourds and more.

These characters are not to be missed!

Bruce Walker — Sensory harp maker and guitar maker. A talented artisan, Bruce is renowned for his sensory harps, which have therapeutic benefits for people suffering with debilitating dementia. Research shows that sensory stimulation, the sensation of vibrations, the value of musical therapy help with psychological, and cognitive aspects of dementia, as well as improve the quality of life.

Ziko — Hart’s Harps is a creator of bespoke hand-made specialist instruments, crafted from a combination of traditional and modern durable materials. Check out his display of instruments, including his latest creations – hemp bodied harps.

Stan Ceglinski is the image of the timber-getters of old, the early pioneers. A true-blue mountain of a man, he evokes memories of the romantic outback of Banjo Patterson, the battler outback of Henry Lawson. He is rough and unpolished — Stan Ceglinski is the real deal.

  • Stan’s power-packed Australian Bushcraft Show
  • Jam sessions at Stan’s stall
  • Stan’s Have-a-go Bushcraft activities for kids.


TICKETS $8 per person per day

Meet the Makers: 30 -31 October 2021.  

The Pavilion and surrounds, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd, Southside

From 9:30 am

Over 45 makers will gather at this year’s Expo, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It will be a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

The event will  be held in conjunction with the Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, one of Queensland’s largest quilting and crafing events, and the Craft Beer Open Door – the age-old art of brewing, another essential craft!

Check the website for more information including the other crafts represented.