The Assynt Festival held Wood and Wool demonstrations in Lochinver Village Hall this week. It was excellent. Spinning and combing and carding at one end of the hall chopping and carving and drilling at the other. I may never make that green wood three legged stool or process fleece into yarn and knit something amazing but it was impossible not to be caught up in the enthusiasm and joy that the wood worker and spinners alike had for their craft. The wooden buttons, so beautifully made were the first attempt by a lady who had only recently begun to spin wool. Her knitted bag in basket stitch was a delight. They gave their time so freely and somehow we came home at the end of the day feeling better for it.