Celebrating Local Wood - The 2022 Woodworkers Show
For the 2022 Port Townsend Woodworkers show will be turning the spotlight onto Local Wood. The show will be held November 5-6, 2022.
As furniture makers, turners and as the customers of makers we have become accustomed to seeing pieces made of wood imported from elsewhere, whether that is Cherry from Pennsylvania or Sapele from South America. We'd like to encourage everyone, much like the Local Food movement, to consider buying and making pieces made from locally sourced wood and made by local craftspeople.
At the 2022 show we're planning to have a variety furniture, bowls, spoons and other wooden ware on display that have been made from the lumber of two very special local trees. And we're offering that material to makers who plan to exhibit at the show.
Last year Jefferson Land Trust conducted it's first timber harvest at Valley View Forest in Chimacum. The harvest was carefully planned to start the transition from forest that had been clear cut then grown back untended to a forest that is both a more natural and more diverse habitat. The Splinter Group is the grateful recipient of two trees from the harvest process
In December we had a Big Leaf Western Maple and a Red Alder dropped by a professional faller. The logs from these trees have been milled into boards. Some of those boards are in a dehumidification kiln, drying gently and will be available to makers some time between late April and early May. The rest of the boards will be air dried and available for the 2023 and 2024 shows.
Some of the limbs and other pieces from those trees, that would go to waste in a commercial felling operation, have been given to local carvers, the Strait Turners Woodturning Club and the Seattle Spoon Club. We're looking forward to sharing their work at the show.
The 2021 Woodworkers Show
The 2021 Woodworkers Show, though low key, kept the show in the public eye. Many of the makers got calls which turned into commissions.
We count it as a major success that we were able to keep the show going through the pandemic.