We are having a small project about how to find old and new ways to use common bulrush (Schoenoplectus lacustris).
The project is ran by our village, Mankila, small village near Oulu in Northern Finland with lake that has lots of bulrush and we haven’t been so happy about it. This is why we want to find positive ways of thinking and using it.
Our project is ending at the end of December, so I would appreciate if You have some information for me soon.
I was happy to find some old video about rushwork (collecting, storing, weaving) from YouTube, and in the same video there was the information that in Ireland you’ve used to have rush boats also! This is very interesting, since we have been planning to make our own boat, inspired by Thor Heyerdahl. In this video, there was Irish name for the boat, but sorry to say, I couldn’t really catch it. How would you spell it? (” Glee Holloga”? / “flood draft”?)
This is surprising, I’ve learned that there are rush boats in Iraq, Etiopia, and also in Sisily, Italy. But I haven’t seen any information about Irish boats.
-Where could I find more information of Irish rushwork, and specially boat making?
Do you know if there is still know-how to make a boat?
In Finland it is becoming quite rare skill (to harvest, store and weave bulrush), and only few people do rushwork products for sale. Still people are very curious about the material.
I’m looking forward hearing from you,
and keeping my fingers crossed. Please forward this message to anyone who knows about the topic.
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its getting chilly, charity Collection point at the Craft Festival 13th Nov Royal Marine Hotel, Dunlaoghaire from 10am to 5pm
Every year we do a collection of winter clothing for the homeless, we have been doing it for a good few years now and has always been fantastic and greatly received by Merchants Quay or other charities that feed homeless people or people in need.
This year we want to support, a Lending Hand, a fantastic group of volunteers who gather with pots of food, platters of sambos, bags of sweets, bowls of veg, plates of sausage rolls, Curries and cakes all for those who need it in the city centre.
What started out as 2 ladies with a flask of stew has grown into “A lending hand- monday nights”. They are such a fantastic group of people but of course they can only do so much, so we want to help them out.
We will have boxes on the stairs of the Craft Festival (13th November Royal Marine Hotel Dunlaoghaire) to collect hats gloves scarves and thick socks, these will be handed out on a Monday night to the homeless or those in need.
I’m sure you can appreciate that the days have gotten colder recently and the nights even more so, we all have the heat on in our homes so I kindly urge you to throw a pair of gloves/socks in with the shopping this week and bring it along with you on the day of the Craft Festival.
This is a family friendly event and hosts over 60 stands of pure craft. We are known for having high quality products at this event and cover a huge range of craft mediums such as jewellery, art, ceramics, wood turning, cosmetics, soaps, candles, cakes, glass, knitting and stitching and much much more.
You are sure to find something for everyone.
We will even be hosting the National Tea Cosy Competition at this event…. for more info on how to take part in this click HERE. This competition is in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. You can donate directly to the Simon Community site here
To see what stands will be at this craft festival click here