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Traditional Trades Fair: 18th-Century Furniture Making

May 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Plan to attend Stratford Hall’s Traditional Trades Fair on May 27, 2017, which will feature local Montross native and master artisan Bill Jenkins and members of the Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild, who will be demonstrating aspects of furniture making on the Oval.  Accompanying these demonstrations will be a series of family-oriented activity tents, as well as on-site refreshments to purchase from Sweet n’ Sassy BBQ of Spotsylvania County, Va. Generous sponsorship is being provided by the Phase Foundation.

Cost: $15 adults, $10 for children 6 -12, under 6 free, Free to Friends of Stratford. Group pricing: 3 or more, $7 per person. As this is a special event, no Grounds Passes will be sold.

About William “Bill” Jenkins

bill_and_chairsA juried professional artisan of Virginia, William “Bill” Jenkins built 39 chairs for the John Adams miniseries based on the David McCullough book.  In 2015 Early American Life magazine selected him as the Best of the Best Windsor chair makers in the United States.  Jenkins studied at the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire after his retirement as a United Airlines pilot and Colonel in the USAF Reserves.

About the Fredericksburg Area Woodworkers Guild

The Fredericksburg Woodworkers Guild is an organization where like-minded woodworkers meet, discuss, and share various aspects of woodworking.  Beginners, intermediates, or professional woodworkers are welcomed.  Throughout the day, members of the guild will be demonstrating various techniques and will display a variety of completed pieces.


Featured Demonstrators for the 2017 Trades Fair:

Bill Jenkins – Windsor chair making

Mark Moyers – Walker chair making

Larry Hinkle – Colonial furniture maker

Glenn Hyatt – Colonial furniture craftsmanship

Mike McVeigh – Colonial furniture craftsmanship

Mike Taylor – Basic joinery

Kristy Engle – White Oak baskets

Joy Gurevitz – Chair caning

Avery Toves – Woodworking craftsman

Reid Beverly – Hand-shaping cabriole legs

Event Schedule

9:30 Gates Open

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Kids Scavenger Hunt with prizes

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Handout explaining chosen pieces within the Great House

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Free admission to the Great House

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Demonstrations of colonial furniture making

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Demonstrations and children’s activities:

  • Art and drawing
  • Toy furniture making

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sweet n’ Sassy BBQ Company on Oval

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Stratford Hall Dining Room open

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Gristmill open

5:00 PM event closes

 For more information, contact Jon Bachman by calling 804-493-1972 or email Jbachman@stratfordhall.org





May 27, 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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