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Welcome to the First Annual GreenWood Wrights’Fest Homepage

The GreenWood Wrights’Fest 2022
will be held April 22-24 2022 in Pittsboro N.C. The festival will be held at Shakori Hills farm land that spans over 50 acres. As many of you may know, green woodworking is a traditional way making functional items for the farm and home with recently harvested local wood. People from all walks of life are captivated by this form of old school woodworking which is derived from Swedish hand crafts called Sloyd.
Historically, Sloyd was taught in schools, now this practice has been spreading like wildfire globally. We use primarily hand tools such as Silky saws, hatchets, Sloyd knives (Mora), and special spoon carving knives, transforming greenwood into beautifully crafted functional objects. When the wood is quite green the wood is easy to carve, but does require special considerations that may not be apparent to greenwood greenhorns. Green woodworking requires the craftsperson to have an intimate understanding of nature, the forest, the wood and traditional craftsmanship.

The GreenWood Wrights’Fest will be an experience in which you can learn new skills and techniques to enhance your Greenwood craftsmanship.

There will be both beginner and advanced workshops on carving spoons, as well as many other areas of green woodworking. We are also including short classes for youth between 10 and 14 in basic knife skills. These classes will last between 1-2 hours.

The festival includes demonstrations to teach you more about the history and culture of green woodworking. Jarrod Dahl will be teaching bowl turning on a spring pole lathe. Liesl Chatham will teach kolorosing, a method of incising wood and dying it to make design elements, and lettering.

The festival will begin Friday morning and you are welcome to set up your campsite. Workshops will begin Friday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Saturday sessions will be from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday sessions will also be 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00 pm. Saturday morning there will be an 8 AM axe and knife safety for greenwood greenhorns, and Sunday morning Bonnie Grace will be offering a yoga class at 8:00 a.m.

Special events will occur each evening. Friday evening there will be a presentation in the dance tent with Roy Underhill as our keynote speaker, and Jarrod Dahl will speak about his global travels finding his niche in green woodworking called, “In Search of Wood Culture.” Saturday evening live music and dance will be held in the dance tent. The festival will end Sunday after the workshops and will include a closing celebration.

The festival will include a GreenWood Market on site that will be open to the public. If you would like to sell your products, you are welcome to stock your merchandise Friday morning during tent set up time. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the First Annual GreenWood Wrights’Fest.


For tickets and more information please go to

Map to Shakori

More information about The Woodwright’s School

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