WOODSTOCK—Lovers of farms, forests, and fine woodworking— those great aspects of Vermont— will be on display at the Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24 at Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) has held this event for the past 14 years and has once again been named a Top Ten Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Approximately 20 Vermont artisan vendors and woodworking will demonstrate their crafts at the visitor center, barn, and on the farm lawn. Vermont wooden furniture, utensils, jewelry, cutting boards, home and kitchen accessories and other woodenware, toys, wildlife carvings, bowls, and all other products made of wood will be for sale.
The scenic backdrop of the farm along with live music by local musician Mike Kelley, wood fired pizza and barbecue, provides a festive weekend atmosphere. Kids can even give wood crafting a try for themselves.
While at the farm meet the draft horses, sheep, jersey cows and chickens and discover more about Vermont’s farming and forest heritage. Billings Farm, as always, will have its own cheese for sale. Just across the street, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the foliage, forest walks, additional woodworking demonstrations, make your own wood crafts, and other family activities at Vermont’s only national park.
Vendors currently include well known wood artisans from around our state, like Andrew Pearce Bowls, ClearLake Furniture, Rockledge Farm Woodworks, Copeland Furniture, T. Breeze Verdant Jewelry, Kettler Woodworks, Green Mountain Woodturning, Birds in Wood, Art Wolff Wildlife Sculpting, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Vermont Farm Table, Vermont Tree Goods, Pompanoosuc Mills, and others.
For more information, visit vermontwoodfestival.org or call 802-747-7900. Admission ranges from free (under 3) to $14 (adults). Free parking is available on site. The venues are on Old River Road (Route 12), Woodstock.
Photo Courtesy of the VWMA
Bird carving demonstrations will be among the activities to see, and then purchase, at the Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival this weekend.