Colonial Craft Day Returns to Weston Village
On Saturday, September 13, the Museums of Weston on Route 100 will host their third annual demonstrations of crafts and machinery from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Cooper Glenn Lael will return for his third Craft Day. The trade of the cooper is the making of round storage containers: barrels, buckets and tubs. Unlike the cabinet maker or the house wright, where measurements are crucial, the cooper works almost entirely by eye. Glenn’s demonstrations and explanations were extremely popular during earlier visits. Other crafts to be presented include spinning, rug hooking, felting and more. Woodcrafter George Ainley will be making Windsor chairs (when not drawing a bow on his fiddle). Master tinsmith David Claggett will also be sharing his skills and showing his wares. Weston’s Old Mill is home to one of very few grist mills capable of working under water power, a restored water wheel, and an early 20th century Hit and Miss engine that drives either a commercial sharpening stone or a small mill. Newest to the collection is a restored Lane shingle maker which revolutionized its industry. This equipment will be in operation on September 12. Not operating but available for inspection are an 18th century up-and-down saw, an early band saw, a 19th century lathe, a planer and a collection of tools that has been described as “the best in Vermont outside of Shelburne.” In the Farrar-Mansur house, you’ll find three textile craftpersons and displays of post cards from Weston dating to the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. The house is furnished with locally-sourced furniture and accessories from the same time period. The Craft building, usually home to the restored 1880 bandwagon used by the Weston Cornet Band for over 50 years, will host the chair maker. The Museums of Weston are always worthy of a visit. Witness to the talents of folks skilled in numerous largely bygone crafts, and spend some time in a quieter era. Demonstrations will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.