Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:30pm to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:30pm
At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase New England trades from the 19th century. The Village's blacksmith, potter, tinner, cooper, printer, and others will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated items not usually displayed at the Village. They will be joined by artisans of historic crafts from throughout New England who will demonstrate their work. From etching, to spinning, to woodworking, experience “handmade” from the past.
The Village's potters will also fire the 15,000 brick kiln outside the Pottery Shop. The 24-foot tall kiln must be heated to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit during firing, which requires three cords of wood stoked over 24 hours. When it is fully loaded, the kiln can hold 800 pieces stacked 10 feet high! It certainly is a sight to see. We are grateful for the help from Saint-Gobain as they volunteer to help tend the fire all weekend.
All of the artisans have a passion for the traditional elements of their trade and for bridging techniques between the past and the present as well as sharing their talents with visitors. This Festival of New England Makers will give guests the opportunity to take a step back from their busy lives to focus on a simpler time and to understand the importance of these crafts and their relation to modern life. Visitors can observe how much effort and time goes into these hand-made pieces, and we hope that learning about these crafts will encourage them to think in innovative and creative ways.