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
A 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
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:
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