Wood Fest: Hands Meeting Trees

 

Wood Fest is a celebration of wood, and the craft that surrounds this marvelous resource. 

During the long weekend of Wood Fest, 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.  
 
In 2024, Wood Fest will be Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. In addition to some regular classes that weekend (see our Calendar for more information), there will be a number of demonstrations and other activities throughout the weekend. Below is a preliminary schedule. All demos take place at The Folk School Workshop at Pioneer Park.
 

Saturday 

10:00 am – Leaf Whittling Class w/ Marianne Stolz (class full)

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Demos & Activities

12:00 pm – Basics of Sharpening Carving Tools Demo w/ Tim Epp

1:00 pm – Carving Tiny Birds Class w/ Marianne Stolz (class full)

1:00 pm – Pyrography Demo w/ Addie Willsrud  (addiemwarts.wordpress.com)

  • Wood burning activity to follow demo

2:00 pm – Make a Spruce Planter Box w/ Matt Labrenz

  • $10 Suggested Donation
  • Kids welcome with a helpful adult
  • Quantities limited

Intermittently throughout the day:

  • Carving Y-Knot hooks – hands-on activity w/ John Manthei 
  • Birch Burl Cup Carving & Antler Inlay Demo w/ Torsten Bentzen 
  • Woodturning on a Lathe Demo/ Activity w/ Tom Zimmer and Django Gianakopoulos of Calypso Farm & Ecology Center
  • Birch Bark Knife Sheaths Demo w/ John Peirce

Sunday

10:00 am – 3:00 pm Shrink Box Class w/ John Peirce (registration required)

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Demos & Activities 

1:00 pm – Pyrography Demo w/ Addie Willsrud  (addiemwarts.wordpress.com)

  • Wood burning activity to follow demo

2:00 pm – Traditional uses of wood, bark, root, and hide in sleds and canoes talk; Q&A

  • With John Manthei, Tom Huntington, Randy Brown, Jeff Yacevich (& maybe more)
  • We will have the birch bark canoe, komatik, and a handbuilt sled out for display, and the makers will discuss process and materials and answer questions. 
  • Don’t miss this opportunity if you are interested in traditional, handbuilt methods of transportation!

Intermittently throughout the day:

  • Shrink Pots Demo w/ Tim Epp
  • Birch Burl Cup Carving & Antler Inlay Demo with Torsten Bentzen 
  • Woodturning on a Lathe Demo/Activity with Tom Zimmer and Django Gianakopoulos of Calypso Farm & Ecology Center