Membership of CROFT is open to individuals and families that are interested in learning about Celtic history and the Celtic lifestyle. Members are sponsored and supported in their individual interests whether it be learning a craft or trade, or learning something in the artistic world of the Celts.
Ideals of the Organization
Crafts and Trades
Members of CROFT enjoy a range of skills and crafts which they demonstrate at events and faires. Members have an opportunity to sell their crafts at some of these events.
The Skills & Crafts pages give detailed information on some of the skills, crafts and trades enjoyed by CROFT members.
CROFT's current List of Skills & Crafts possibilities for members has over 75 suggested activities and the list is by no means exhaustive. Some of the more popular are:
Fibercrafts: spinning, weaving and dyeing; knitting, felting, rope and cord making; embroidery, netting and lace; sewing clothes, hats, purses and bags.
Metalworking: blacksmithing; bronze and silversmithing for jewelry and accessories; pewter and tin smithing; coin minting.
Leatherwork: skinning, tanning and dyeing; boots, shoes, belts and bags; stamping and carving leather.
Woodworking: wood turning; furniture: toys and games; spoon carving and other treen; building structures.
Weaponry: Bowyer; Fletcher; knife and sword smithing; targe and shield making; chain mail; gunsmithing.
Domestic: cooking and food preservation; costume and kilt folding; basketry and broom-making; glass, soap and candles; apothecary
Arts: painting and drawing; paper making; calligraphy; corndolly weaving; pottery; "seanachie" (story-teller); music and dance.
To participate in CROFT events you will
need at least the basic costume. While
group covers the period from 400 BC to 1745 AD, the Group's
research suggests that 15th Century middle/merchant class Irish and Scottish
costume is the most
appropriate for events we attend; is fairly well documented; and is reasonably convenient and easiest to replicate.
Men and Boys - Basic Pieces
Women and Girls – Basic Pieces
Possible Costume additions: Celtic brooch; Hooded cape or cloak; "Brat", a large rectangular cloak (Irish); Arisaid, a plaid worn as a cloak (Scots woman).
Possible Accessories: Tools of the trade for demonstration; Utensils (bowl or plate, wooden spoon, ceramic/pewter tankard, period knife, and napkin);
Basket to carry tools and utensils; Plaid (4-6 feet of tartan wool-look fabric); Chair (in period or chair that can be covered with plaid); Cushions.
For more details see Costume Basics (PDF file)