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April 24 • 08:44 PM
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Woodsmen's Show Saturday, May 5 at Hanford Mills Museum


04/20/2012 - Hanford Mills Museum will bring 200 years of logging, sawing and woodworking history to life at the Woodsmen's Show on May 5, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen's Team will put on Lumberjack shows featuring cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, and more. Shows are at 12:30 and 2 p.m. "It's a dynamic show of speed, strength, teamwork, and skill," says Liz Callahan, the museum's Executive Director.

The event also features demonstrations of traditional pit sawing, hand hewing, timber frame building and woodworking. Visitors can 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.

"Wood was an essential product for homes, farms and businesses. Beginning in 1846, the people who operated Hanford Mills were continually looking for the most effective way to create wood products," explains Liz Callahan, the Museum's Executive Director. "Today, you can see several different ways Hanford Mills generated power, through the waterwheel, steam engine, and new for this year, the horizontal water turbine. By looking at the innovative practices of the past, we can inform our use of natural resources, energy and technology today."

Adults and kids can partner up to use a cross-cut saw. The Oneonta World of Learning will be offering kids' activities including tree-themed storytelling and KEVA block building. The Hobart Book Village will be offer books on wood and woodworking, local history and more. Woodworker Bernd Krause will demonstrate his handmade replica of a 17th century spring pole treadle lathe. Exhibitors will also be coopering (making barrels) and making fresh birch beer.

The Catskill Forest Association will lead a woodlot management and tree identification walk. Interpreters will be cooking on the John Hanford Farmhouse woodstove and talking about home life in the 1920s. Children's activities, as well as waterwheel and woodworking machine demonstrations, will be held throughout the day. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water and steam-powered historic site. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices. The museum, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, opens for the season May 16.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 (at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12) in East Meredith, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.

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