Nevin of Edinburgh and MacKay Decorators Perth Ltd. present this traditional decorating exhibition that celebrates its third year running with decorators Margaret and Mark as hosts, a sign writer and a painter respectively.

The show may not be to everyone’s tastes, and I don’t imagine many below the age of 40 would be all that interested.

The exhibition comprises of a demonstration of traditional painting techniques that sees the transformation of a plain piece of wood into an elaborate door panel through the gradual process of glazing and washing. Wood etching and metal work is also on the cards, with the end results being some pretty copper designs applied to polished slate. There is also the chance for the audience to try out some of the techniques themselves. Both Margaret and Mark are as informative as they are professional, and give local examples of these decoration styles within the city.

Standing up in an outside courtyard, the event can become a little tedious at times, and could turn bad if the weather takes a turn for the worst, especially as of late. The show may not be to everyone’s tastes, and I don’t imagine many below the age of 40 would be all that interested. At times it also feels like a DIY home video. But though it may not be your typical fringe show it does make a fresh change from the usual kinds of events on during the festival, and being free it is worth checking out.

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The Blurb

The Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival celebrates Edinburgh's traditional buildings and offers everyone an opportunity to learn about the skills and materials used to build and maintain them for future generations. Traditional skills are the crafts and techniques used to work with materials such as stone, wood, slate and wrought iron. These skills are vital to maintaining Edinburgh's world-renowned architecture. Hands-on demonstrations will show the importance of these vital skills and provide an interesting and valuable insight into each trade.