Country Fairs & Garden Shows

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I attend various country fairs and garden shows throughout the year.

If you would like for me to attend I am available for demonstrations.

Please contact me on 01303 259255 or email me for details

 

Events I will be attending in 2017
  1. Saltwood Castle Hythe . Saturday 29th April 10 till 4.
  2. Staple Country Fayre . Sunday 25th June 9 till 5
  3. Rural Past Times Sedlescombe nr Hastings 12 & 13 August
  4. Biddenden Tractor Fest. 19 & 20 August .
  5. Saltwood Castle Hythe Sunday 17th September 10 till 4.
  6. East Kent Ploughing Match Wednesday 27th September Quex Park .Nr Birchington .

Craftsmen have been producing traditional Trugs for over 200 years, the craft as we know it today was probably started well before that as a cottage industry. The word trug is thought to have come from (trog) meaning a wooden vessel. Trugs originated in Sussex but as with a lot of things they were later made all along the south from Dorset to Essex there were one or two in Kent ,as far as I know I am the only trug maker in Kent now (but correct me if I’m wrong).

I source my wood locally, the sweet chestnut (castanea sativa) from nearby woods, the willow is (salix alba) white willow as used for cricket bats. The chestnut is cleft with a froe into strips and shaved to form handles and rims, these are then steamed to bend round a former. the willow boards I saw thin then shave even thinner with a drawknife as shown in the photos on the front page. As you can appreciate making Trugs is very labour intensive, All the waste wood and shavings are used to fire the steamer, so nothing is wasted.

Customer Feedback

Just to let you know that Anita loved her trug filled with goodies!

 

Also another use for a trug

 

 


Hello Mick.  The trug arrived today intact and undamaged. It's beautiful, and the pictures on your web site simply don't do justice to the finished product. Thank you so much,  Bonnie Shore (British Columbia Canada)


Hi Mick, The parcel arrived on Saturday. Many thanks for your prompt service. Best regards, Avril.


Thank you so much for the Trug Mick. My mum loves it! Catriona


Great, looking forward to receiving it and seeing mum's face when she opens it!  I have been very pleased with the efficiency and the way you have done business so far.  Thank you Amanda


Hi Mick, Trug arrived today - it's great thanks! Her name looks good on it too!! Jonathan


Hi Mick, Just got it delivered to me a minute ago. It looks fantastic. Thanks again Rob


Hi Mick, Thanks so much!  The trug just arrived.  It's absolutely perfect; I am so very pleased! Sincerely,Cathy Tulsa Oklahoma USA


 

Thanks Mick, received in good order. Lovely craftmanship.It's a pleasure doing busniness with you. Regards,Rudi (Netherlands)


Hi Mick,

I received the trug today!  It is very beautiful and I am totally satisfied with your wonderful craftsmanship. Thank you for packing it so well, and here it is about 12 days later in  sunny Australia. Thank you again Mick, may be buy another, smaller some time. All the best, Jean.


Dear Mick Thank you so much for the beautiful trug which you sent. It arrived on Saturday morning. I am so pleased with it and know that my sister who lives in Spain will love it. Thank you Mary


Trug has just arrived and we couldn't be more pleased with it. Lovely workmanship. Many thanks, John