Thursday – Sunday, May 9 – 12, 2019
Wood Fest is a celebration of wood, and the craft that surrounds this marvelous resource. 
We will have many events and demonstrations open to the public, several activities geared toward kids and families, short classes, a couple of slide presentations, and plenty of time to sit and whittle, learn new skills and make new friends.  

Below is an overview of the scheduled events:

Thursday, May 9th: 5-9 pm

  • 5:30 pm – Dinner Cook-out and Potluck:  We are kicking off Wood Fest 2019 with a potluck dinner and open house. Please bring an item to grill over the outdoor fire for you/your family, and a side dish to share if you like. Anyone is welcome to bring a dish and share a meal with us as we prepare for a long weekend of carving, turning, and shaving wood. (Please consider bringing your own plates and utensils to reduce paper and plastic waste.)
  • 6:00 pm – Activities & Demos:   Immediately after the potluck dinner, there will be family-friendly demonstrations using our spring-pole lathes and shaving horses. We will have a few chairs out there, but bring along yours if possible – the ground is likely to be damp.
  • 7-9 pm – Whittle around the Campfire:  Whittle/carve/create in a community of common interests. Enjoy great conversation and the sounds of a crackling fire and wood being shaved. This is an unstructured evening, with no direct instruction or expectation of guidance, other than to learn by watching and sharing. Participants should bring their own materials, projects, and tools. 

Friday, May 10th: 12-9 pm

  • 1-4 pm – Shrink Boxes Class with John Peirce
  • 2-4 pmMake Wooden Lids for Tin Cans and explore carving, wood burning, painting, etc. with Marianne Stolz. Drop-in activity, $5 suggested donation – please bring your own cans!
  • 2-4 pmWooden Y-Knots with Philip Marshall. Drop-in activity, $5 suggested donation.
  • 3-5 pm – Birch Bark Weaving Demonstration (stars and birds) with Betsy Sturm
  • 4:00 pm – Canoe Paddle Carving Demonstration with Andy Reynolds 
  • 6:00 pm – Pizza Party:  We’ll fire up the clay oven for a Pizza night! We will provide dough, sauce, and cheese. Please bring toppings to put on your pizza.
  • 7:00 pm – Talk on “Y-Knots & Beyond: Naturally-shaped Tree Parts We Use” by Philip Marshall (in the cabin). 
  • 7-9 pm – Whittle around the Campfire:  Whittle/carve/create in a community of common interests. See Thursday for details.

Saturday, May 11th: 12-9 pm

  • 12-3 pm – Family Activities:  Kids and adults can participate in a variety of activities such as making knitting needles with OneTree Alaska, making buttons, turning and decorating tops, sawing, drilling, and splitting wood. All activities are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
  • OneTree Alaska will be running their wood-fired sap boiler throughout the day.
  • 1-4 pm – Alpine Flower Carving Class with Philip Marshall
  • 3:00 pm – Longest Wood Shaving Contest (categories for children and adults)
  • 5:00 pm – Talk on Birch Bark Canoes by Randy Brown (in the cabin)
  • 6:30-8:30 pm – Artisan Marketplace:  Local woodworkers will be selling their work. HooDoo beer and snacks will be available for a donation.

Sunday, May 12th: 10am-6pm

  • 10-11:30 am – Leaf Whittling Class with Marianne Stolz
  • 1-3 pm – Shaker Box Demonstration (bent wood boxes) with Bob Carlson
  • 1-4 pm – Steam Bending Class with John Manthei
  • 2:00 pm – Spoon Carving Demonstration by Wesley Hathaway
  • 4-6 pm – Whittle around the Campfire: Whittle/carve/create in a community of common interests. See Thursday for details.


Are you interested in this class, but can’t take it? Tell us why!
Is the reason financial? We have scholarships available.

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