Skipness sale was hog roast heaven

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Words and photographs Mark Davey

An early Christmas event saw present buyers out in force at Skipness village hall.

Organiser, coffee van barista Sam McKee of Skippuccino, the hot drinks provider, arranged a mix of crafters and food producers so that there was little duplication at last Sunday’s event.

Fyne Frames, Mhairi MacDonald showed a large selection of clocks, some created by her 16-year-old son Lochgilphead high school pupil, Ben Selfridge.

Ben’s West Coast Grain wood turning works with fresh and reclaimed wood including barrel staves from Springbank.

The young wood worker hopes to become a cabinet maker having been inspired by a Lochgilphead teacher.

He ran a solo stall for the first time ever at Oban distillery the day before, was away with his dad Calum Selfridge at another fair on Sunday.

Former Carradale primary headteacher, Marion Morris, displayed a range of die cut Christmas cards which she cuts with commercial dies before adding the final touch by hand colouring.

Skipness youngsters, Donald Dunlop, 9, and Alexander Dunlop, 7 who attend Tayvallich primary during the week, sold tree hangings, some made from scavenged pine cones, which they estimated had taken two weeks to make and gift tags.

One half of the Skipness smokehouse supremos, Fran James, was celebrating having just gained two stars in the Great Taste Awards for the firm’s whisky infused cold smoked salmon.

Her stall included a raffle for a hamper, as well as other products including Arran Sea Glass and works by former Skipness resident artist Liz Toole.

Colin McKee from Peechie Images on Instagram with his Skipness Castle image. 25_c48skipness07_Colin_McKee

Argyll Hog Roast’s Jonathan Coggins was also popular for a range of filled pancakes and he worked through a huge tub of Nutella. 25_c48skipness01_Jonathan_Coggins

Skipness knitter Joan McHugh models her wares. 25_c48skipness08_Joan_McHugh

Fran James and the Skipness Smokehouse hamper. 25_c48skipness04_Fran_James_Skipness_Smokehouse

Hazel Selfridge, 14, and Mhairi Selfridge. 25_c48skipness05_Hazel_Selfridge_Mhairi_MacDonald

Marion Morris holds two of her cards. 25_c48skipness02_Marion_Morris

Donald and Alexander Dunlop. 25_c48skipness03_Donald_Alexander_Dunlop

Skippuccino’s Sam McKee. 25_c48skipness06_Sam_McKee