Woodmen's Show at Hanford Mills Museum

May 5, 2012 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
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Hanford Mills Museum will bring 200 years of logging, sawing and woodworking history to life at the Woodsmen’s Show on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am – 5 pm.

The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Team will put on lumberjack shows at 12:30 and 2:00 pm, featuring cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, and more.

“It’s a dynamic show of speed, strength, teamwork, and skill,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s Executive Director.

Come watch the sawdust fly as logs are sawn on the Museum’s historic water-powered 1926 “Mighty Fitz” circular sawmill and on a modern, gasoline-powered portable sawmill.  At the box shop, Mill workers will use the vintage woodworking machines to turn Mill-sawn lumber into useful wood products, like boxes, crates and tub covers. Mill tours offered all day.

The event also features:

  • Hand hewing, timber frame building, and woodworking
  • Kids' activities, lead by the Oneonta World of Learning, including tree-themed storytelling, block building, and decorating paper grocery bags in honor of Earth Day
  • Book sale by Hobart Book Village
  • Woodworker Bernd Krause demonstrating his handmade replica of a 17th century spring pole treadle lathe
  • Cooper Barry Keegan making barrels, using pre-industrial methods.
  • Woodlot Management and Tree Identification Walks led by the Catskill Forest Association at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
  • Woodstove cooking in the John Hanford Farmhouse 
  • Food by Eagle Ridge BBQ
  • Local maple products by  Mill Hollow Farm


Children 12 and under admitted free. Adults and teens (13-64), $8.50; and Senior Citizens, $6.50. Museum members admitted free. AAA and Military discounts available. For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.

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