Nature and wood artistry are the focus of the annual Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival, September 23-24, 2017. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy a fun day in glorious autumn weather.
Billings Farm & Museum, a well-known New England dairy farm outside Woodstock, Vermont, is the setting for the woodworking part of the fest. Here you’ll find handmade furniture and woodworking pieces by some of the state’s finest artisans—exquisite wood-carved birds, bowls, furniture, decorative items, toys, and more. Watch professional wood turners and learn about modern and traditional lathe turning techniques. Then take a tour of the Billings Farm to see their draft horses and other farm animals, such as newborn calves before heading to the forest. If time allows, do not miss the Farm Manager’s house which features many interesting innovations of the era.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, the forest part of the fest, has a full schedule of events, including horse-drawn wagon rides, hikes with foresters, and woodworking demos. There are also workshops for those who would like to try their hand at wood crafting, such as making your own wooden spoon, or assembling and decorating a birdhouse.
Live musical entertainment by local musician, J. Michael Kelly, and pizzas from area favorite Woodbelly Pizza in Montpelier will keep crowds happy each day.
Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival
September 23-24, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Billings Farm & Museum
5302 Old River Road (Route 12), Woodstock, VT
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT
After time at the fest, you’ll feel right at home here at the Inn, which is surrounded by 16 acres of beautiful forest. We even have classic wooden rockers on the front porch waiting for you!
Photos courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum.