Maritime and traditional crafts are showcased around the harbourside.  There’s a particularly strong emphasis on traditional boat and sailing matters at this year’s Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy.

With special thanks to NorthLink Ferries, there is going to be much to see coming from Orkney and Shetland located around the Old Harbour area.

Mark Shiner – A skilled Orcadian, Mark will be demonstrating and talking about a wide range of related subjects from Dittybag canvas work, traditional rope work, sea chest handles to sail design.

Ian B Richardson – A master of time honoured techniques and tools through his traditional boat building business in Orkney, Ian will be demonstrating the making of oars and cleats.

Tommy Isbister – Skilled traditional boat builder from Shetland, Tommy will be demonstrating woodworking skills by the Old Harbour.

Also attending will be Mike Tupper from the Lowestoft International Boat Building College, with one of their current apprentices in training, Jeff Mackie from Orkney, to present and talk about the courses they provide.

Glasgow based GalGael will also be joining us.  A community and heritage association located in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, near the River Clyde. It is best known for building and sailing wooden boats in celebration of Scotland’s heritage.

Not on the water, but on display, there’s the replica Neolithic boat, built by Ian Richardson and others for the BBC Orkney series. Come along and see this fascinating boat and meet some of the crew who rowed it across the Pentland Firth!


New this year is The Little Raku Company who remove clay from a kiln at 1000 degrees Centigrade and plunge it into sawdust to create a smoky, crackly metallic finish.  Come and paint your own Raku keepsake which you can take home on the day!

By the Salmon Bothy, our popular craft tents house the treasures of a variety of crafters and demonstrators:

Aurora – Woodturning and carving, including bowls, clocks, mirrors and walking sticks

Gordon Woodworkers – Woodturning demonstrations and gifts to buy

Wooly Felt Design – High quality wool goods including brooches, hand puppets and even lampshades

Ronnie Fulton Ceramics – Inspired by the sea and traditions, Ronnie makes people, boats and creatures.  An amusing experience for all.

Quarryside Crafts – Hand crafted tartan and slate clocks, tartan hip flasks and hand painted resin jewellery.

Adrift – Artfully designed randomly individual funky items from locally sourced wood.

Pict Design / Bead Buggy – One of a kind hand crafted designer jewellery working in silver, copper, pearls and semi precious stones.

Ian Hadden Artworks Cromlech Glass – Paintings of seascapes. boats and engraved glass collectibles.

Stitch It And Fix It – Demonstrating sail repairs and sail making techniques, making useful items from recycled sails.

Wendy Crichton, Artist – Landscapes and seascapes of the north west and west coasts of Scotland.

Bijoux Jewellery – A vibrant range of hand crafted colourful designer products.

Portsoy Knitters – Everything from cosy jumpers to hats and socks.  Now also producing a range of unique knitted clocks!

White Rose Creations – A range of beautiful gifts made from reclaimed whisky barrels.

The Crafting Barn – Hand crafted sewn goods in traditional Scottish tweeds, knitted teddies and crocheted goods.

Crooked Crafts – Unusual bird houses, wooden gifts and ornaments.

Touchwood Yarncraft – Hand crafted Shetland style lace shawls.

Pictish Designs – Locally produced eye catching jewellery inspired by the art of ancient Picts.

Compass Rose Studio – Rustic and contemporary driftwood items for the home.

Fishing Floats – Fishing floats found around Scotland’s coasts are rejuvenated as hand painted artwork.

Unique Shawls – Hand braided shawls made with the use of netting needle and net knot used in the fishing industry.

Beautiful Beasties – Elegant and unique children’s accessories including hair clips, headbands and clothing.

Crafty Magz – Hand crocheted hats, scarves, tartan and tweed kilt bags and men’s ties.

Original Art Prints – Original art prints of scenes both local and further afield.

Arboreal Studio – Makers of bespoke furniture and gifts created from locally sourced Scottish hardwoods.

Two Crafty Mice – Lovingly create small decorative accessories from Harris Tweed, felt and fabrics.

John Grant – Hand turned wooden items including pens, bowls and bud vases.

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