Family business show craft at East Dean

A FAMILY event in East Dean drew in the weekend crowds for displays of craftsmanship.

Following the success of the last Wood Fair by Wests’ of East Dean, brothers Peter and Gil West decided to repeat the event.

A steam engine powers the saw making light work of the job PPP-140623-215221006

A steam engine powers the saw making light work of the job PPP-140623-215221006

The weather could not have been better as sun shone on the 80 exhibitors who set up their stands in the field behind the workshops in Newhouse Lane, East Dean.

Stalls showcased almost every aspect of working with wood.

On one stall, sculptures of mushrooms and owls and wizards were carved with chainsaws, on another there were demonstrations of how tree trunks 
were turned into floorboards.

Meanwhile there were axe displays from Adams Axemen in the arena, whose performance included standing with one foot on each end of a log while chopping it in 
half – swinging the axe between their legs.

There was also competitive chainsawing and music from Skimmity Hitchers on Saturday and Dawn’s Vintage Do on Sunday.

The family firm traces its origins in East Dean back to 1809.

Five years ago in 2009 the firm held the first wood fair in order to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

They said it was such a success that five years later they decided they wanted to repeat the show this year and make it bigger and better.

People were also able to visit a beer tent and see a traction engine in action.

There were also examples of joinery available to view as the brothers threw open the doors of their workshop to the public.