Woods Walk & Artisan Market
Leisurely walks and talks about trees, mushrooms and herbal remedies will continue throughout the day. Back at the barn artisans will be demonstrating and displaying art for the home including wood carving, pottery, soaps, forest art and greeting cards. Demonstrations and hands on activities include dowsing, master gardener, mushrooms, paper art, trees the saw mill.
- Mushrooms: One of our walks will be a “mushroom foray” led by Andy LeBlanc and Ed Braley. In addition to finding and identifying wild mushrooms, we will have an ongoing discussion about what mushrooms are edible vs medicinal species, life cycles, habitats and new research and uses for one of the oldest organisms on the planet.
- Plants: Amy Cason, herbalist and instructor at the Adirondack Folk School, returns to take you on our plant walk, identifying and discussing plants in the forest. Topics incorporated from her various classes include preparing and cooking with herbs.
- Trees: Owner, Gary Martin will chat about the trees: how to identify them (both in summer and winter) and noting particular characteristics of the various kinds. He will discuss how sustainability is practiced both for the trees and the land.
- Dowsing: Local professional dowser, Bruce Irwin will teach interested “Woods Walkers” to receive basic dowsing response using a forked stick (and other dowsing tools) over sub-surface water veins located on the property; just bring your “sensitive self”.
The Artisan Market
- Handmade cold process soaps: Laurie West of “Empty Nest Suddrome” has quite a following for her soaps that appear more like fancy decorated cakes than soap.
- Forest Floor Art by Toni Varnum: Three dimentional artifacts created from nature’s treasures found on the “forest floor”.
- YA Author Perky Granger will be here with her novels Adirondack Gold, its sequel, A Summer of Strangers and the non-fiction Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's, and can chat about a new work in progress.
- Woodworker John Los is back. You will learn some history of the tools he works with and why particular woods are his choice. Before you leave be sure to try out his chairs, not only are they elegant in appearance they offer a comfort that is hard to beat.
- Hand Quilted items: Avis Russell of the Thurman Quilters Club will have a selection of quilted runners, placemats, pot holders, crib quilts, totes and cross body bags, that include a choice of colors and sizes.
- Cooperative Extension’s master gardener Elli Muller: Have a gardening question? Ask Elli, she will have tips for starting seeds and transplanting, companion planting along with composting, and what native plants are good to use instead of invasives.
- Pyrography: James Martin will be working on his latest wood burning project with a variety of his finished work to view. Check out his attention to detail and design both here and in instagram, “pi_rho_designs”.
- Hand-fashioned greeting cards by Gail Seaman of “Clendon Brook Creations” with demos and hands-on activities. These are not simple greeting cards but 3-dimensional works of art that are sometimes purchased to be framed rather than mailed.
- Pottery: Diane Cubit of the Creekside Potter will be featuring designs of pinecones, acorns, ferns, and mushrooms.
- Live edge lumber and artifacts: signs and shelves crafted into one of a kind tier shelves, along with a large variety of live edge lumber for your own designs.
- Paper Beads and Paper Bead Jewelry: A selection of jewelry all crafted from paper including Adirondack maps, junk mail, wall paper and beer and wine labels. Make your own beads and then a bracelet. And for a special gift bring a wedding invitation for a Keepsake order (buy one get one for ½ price).
- Vintage items collected and offered by Nancy Hutchins