I know it's been a hot minute since I last posted. 2019 has been quite the busy year so far between fitness training, running a museum and music gigs (among other writing and music projects). But in the midst of all that though, I've managed to squeeze in some fun travel and there will be more to come in the future months.
So at the beginning of the month, I attended the 18th Century Artisan Show in Lewisburg, PA. First, I will say that the drive out from my area to Lewisburg is absolutely beautiful and quite relaxing. In fact, I actually made the 3 1/2 hour drive without playing any music. It was just one of those days that I was simply feeling the silence and scenery. :)
As for Lewisburg itself, it is a quaint and very historic town and the Country Cupboard Inn in which the event took place is lovely to behold. :)
I also fell in love with the hotel's interior. :)
And then I came to the artisan show.
Now unlike most of these other market fairs that commemorate bygone times, the 18th Century Artisan Show in Lewisburg takes place indoors (which makes sense due to the fact that the show is in February). There is a nice variety of sutlers at this event, though if you are looking for new flint locks and rifles, I will say that this is definitely your artisan market fair. There are quite a number of those there (at least this year)!
As for the other sutlers, quite a few that I knew from other events were there. My friends at Claus and Truex Jackware were also set up and I got to hang out with them for a while.
I also want to add that the quality of his product is excellent and if you are looking for some historically authentic bound books, definitely check out his website.
Colonial Printer and Bookbindery
Thanks to DeLea, I was introduced to a sutler from whom I could start adding to my 18th century kitchen ware. I instantly was drawn to Erv Tschanz's wooden spoons, forks, bowls, and other turned items. From him, I ended up purchasing an English cherry wood meat and cheese serving tray that can also double as a cutting board. There was also a cool replica of a fork that was modeled after one found in an 18th century French shipwreck (perhaps that will be a Fort Frederick purchase this year)
Hoffman's Forge Website
Master Horner, John L. DeWald Jr.
The 18th Century Artisan Show in Lewisburg, PA is a great way to kick off the 18th century market fair season.