A giant preying mantis made of wood. Unique henna art on wood. Jewelry, fountain pens and Christmas ornaments made from wood. All are additions to the returning wood craftsmen who will demonstrate, display and sell their specialty items at the 15th annual Festival of Wood, scheduled for August 3-4, 2019, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA.
“This year’s Festival will see many of our returning artists as well as some new and unique talent,” said Susan Randall, Executive Director of Pocono Arts Council, which manages the crafts part of the event in partnership with the US Forest Service. “Wood craftsmen love to talk about their creations and what better place than Grey Towers to share a passion for working with wood and creating beautiful art.” Grey Towers is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot who introduced scientific forestry to America and formed and served as first chief of the US Forest Service.
The family-friendly weekend offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives. Entry to the grounds, parking and a shuttle are all free. Self-guided tours of the Grey Towers mansion are $5 per person.
In addition to the wood crafts, the Festival of Wood welcomes back the Pennsylvania Woodmobile, an interactive exhibit about wood and wood products sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hardwood Association; Pennsylvania WoodMizer, demonstrating portable sawmills, and the Chainsaw Chix popular chainsaw carving artist. A free wildlife show is offered each day.
A host of educational exhibitors will be on hand to talk with visitors about forests, forest management and forest products, such as honey, chestnuts and wildlife habitat. Colorful forest posters, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl items, and a variety of educational literature and handouts will be distributed for free.
The US Forest Service and its partners offer these free items to strengthen the sustainable forestry and conservation message that is a theme throughout the event.
Free children’s activities are planned throughout the weekend, including crafts and games. Refreshments are available. For more information: 570-296-9630; www.fs.fed.us/greytowers; /greytowers.