WILTON — Master Maine Guide Brian Maxham of East Dixfield and Warren Bryant of Jay will sell  their Maine-made ice fishing traps and hiking sticks Friday during the 27th annual Blueberry Festival.

Bob Bowering, owner of Collector’s Delight antique shop on Routes 2 and 4, invited the crafters to show their wares as a means of adding to the festival offerings.

Maxham uses Maine white ash to create H-shaped traps known outside Maine as “tip-ups,” he said. The trap is connected to a line and spool dropped into the water. When a fish bites, a flag is tripped to alert the fisherman, he said. Of course, there’s no guarantee there’s a fish on the other end, he said.

Maxham has also learned the technique of weaving pack baskets made of brown ash and weaving snowshoes, he said. Although that isn’t his primary hobby, he’ll have some on display.

Bryant will display his Take a Hike Walking Sticks.
A few years ago, the retiree took cedar, shaped it into smooth sticks, drew moose, bear and deer on them, and burned the images into the wood.

“They are time-consuming,” he said. “It takes about three days as it’s all done by hand, the sanding and wood burning.”

He will also show a few deer hides and stuffed fish he’s caught, and his “bragging book” filled with photos of fish he has caught and deer he has killed.

The two will be at the shop all day Friday.

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