Sustainable forestry is an active component of the local landscape and woven throughout the fabric of the festival. Some of the festival infrastructure is part of the Forster Family legacy including the homestead, milk house, and barn. The family and main stages as well as the tables used at the festival were crafted from pine donated by Heyes Forest Products and built with hands, sweat and laughter by members of the all-volunteer festival committee. The main stage utilizes black locust foundation posts, a naturally rot-resistant local wood. The festival celebrates the forested landscape of the region, and the traditions and contemporary crafts of those who work in and with with the woods.
Previous Festival Woodworkers:
Hannon Made – blends of domestic and exotic woods creating wooden household items in exciting and colorful patterns.
Jason Ballard Designs – custom functional art in furniture, cabinetry, sculpture, and more by Jason Ballard, Wendell, MA.
Sandy Renna Revelation Woodturnings – A visual and sensual symphony that takes form and asks to be touched and held. Sandy’s mission is to interfere as little as possible with the natural hidden gem and to allow each unique grain pattern and array of colors a voice in the finished piece.
Stillwater Flutes, Standing Bear Drums, Windsong Herbal – Larry ‘Windsong Healer’ Anderson and Michael Longrider craft Native American style flutes and drums from 10″ up to 50″ in diameter. Michael is a Native American Music award winner.
Turn, Turn, Turn – Sam Scherer with Dick Williams, Sandy Renna and Pete Diemand: Wood turning on a lathe. Turned wood bowls, rolling pins, boxes, and plates from black walnut, maple, birch, black oak, and cherry.