Learn new skills and techniques to enhance your greenwood craftsmanship on the sprawling 50-acre farmlands of Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.
GreenWood Wrights’Fest will host both beginner and advanced workshops on carving spoons as well as many other areas of green woodworking. Shorter classes designed for kids age 10-14 will be offered on basic knife skills. The festival also includes demonstrations exploring the history and culture of green woodworking.
With his dynamic pizzaz, Professor Roy Underhill will enlighten you with his wit insight and historical acumen on, “The Craftsmanship of Risk and Redemption as Green Woodworkers Save the World!” Roy will also hold workshops on traditional timber frame joinery and expound upon his western saw wizardry with his amazing collection. Liesl Chatham will teach kolrosing, a Scandinavian tradition from the Viking era. Pronounced “coal-rose-ing,” it is a method of incising wood and dying, then rubbing the patterns with natural pigments and burnishing to create line drawings on wood.
The festival will begin with classes Friday afternoon, and you are welcome to set up your campsite in the morning. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks on site. You are welcome to bring your own food and dishware or treen, and a washing station will be available. Well-behaved dogs on a leash will be permitted.
We want to make green woodworking accessible to everyone. You can help by contributing to our GreenWood WrightsFest Scholarship Fund or nominating a recipient.
Derived from Swedish hand crafts called Sloyd, green woodworking is a traditional way of making functional items for the farm and home with recently harvested wood. Historically taught in schools, this form of old school woodworking is captivating people from all walks of life and 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. Green wood is easy to carve but requires special considerations that may not be apparent to greenwood greenhorns. Greenwood wrights must have an intimate understanding of nature, the forest, the wood and traditional craftsmanship.
Register for a workshop or demonstration for a hands-on woodworking lesson. Workshops will begin Friday afternoon from 1-4:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday sessions will be held from 9AM-12PM and 1-4 PM.
Workshops are reserved with your General Admission ticket.
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 Brendan Gaffney will speak about his research in the Catskill mountains discovering the wealth of tree materials, “Root, Branch and Bast: Using the Whole Tree.” 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.
In addition to ticketed classes, the GreenWood Wrights’Fest will include a number of open-air demonstrations throughout the day. These free demos cover topics including tree identification, splint harvesting, knife sharpening, and using a pole lathe.
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