VERMONT LIVING Charles said, “The table has come to symbolize our community’s connection to our local environment and our ability to make something of it.” Students from Burlington College showcased an inspired exhibit of all-student work created in their program. Fine furniture and smaller pieces were included, a testament to the strong interest of a new generation in working with wood. A crowd gathered around Richard Montague (Montague Custom Woodturning & Teaching) where he worked his spring pole lathe, demonstrating wood turning. Richard has taught wood turning and technology for 40 years and has been a professional turner for 25. Hobbyists and professional wood turners alike are always fascinated by this simple but effective device. After their first showcase at Shelburne Farms in the Champlain Valley, the festival moved to a more centralized location in Woodstock where it became an annual event. By its second year, the number of vendors almost doubled; it now features more than 35 vendors with seven demonstrators. As many as 2,500 people have attended the event, according to Erin Lorentz, event manager for the festival. Some of the wood products visitors will find each year include toys and games, one-of-a-kind turned wooden bowls that show off their beautiful black cherry grain, and cutting boards with a checkerboard pattern created from the end grain of light and dark woods that inspire working in the kitchen.
A Buy-Local Renaissance from Food to Forests According to a report from the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) and the Northeast State Foresters Association, “The economic importance of Vermont’s working forest has seen considerable attention of late. This recognition has seen a renaissance in the ‘Buy Local’ movement extending from food to forests.” 44
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Published on Sep 8, 2014
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