Thank you Mother Nature for the beauty and versatility of wood.
Trees and their wood have helped mankind tame the night with fire and light, warm the winters with warmth, explore new lands, build shelters for safety, decorate for mood and pleasure and to create instruments from which music soothes, comforts and gives pleasure.
On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, Bailey’s Wood Products will host its ninth annual Fall Woodworkers Fair at 441 Mountain Road, Albany Township.
Artisan vendors who create things like cutting and charcuterie boards, holiday decorations, epoxy home products, furniture, turned bowls, furniture and more will be on hand to talk about their work from wood and offer what they have created for you to buy locally and take home or order to be personalized.
Among those at the fair will be Dan Christ, creator of animal art and ash benches, Intarsia by Crafts by George, Woodcraft Store of Allentown, Swerl Designs of West Reading and many more.
There will be a little something for everyone, including slab wood, guitar construction wood, carving wood, and just about any other type of natural wood you can think of.
Demonstrations will be offered by Penn Jersey Scrollers with scroll saw demonstrations, LED Hard Wax Oil Finish by Brad Rehmeyer, Bush Oil Products, another finishing product, by Bill Bush, operation of the new slab at Bailey Wood Products, with special presentations by Matt Peitzman on the STEM Guitar program and Dave Schneck, who will discuss the local tree service and his new book “The Soul of a Tree”.
There will be horse-drawn carriage rides and a display of vintage cars by Precision Motor Cars, with vehicles restored using Bailey Wood Products also on offer.
The food will be sold by Krumsville Scout Troop 104, and they do a great job creating homemade soups, burgers, dogs, hot cider, baked goods, and many other goodies.
New this year, Albany Township’s BAD Farm will be selling ice cream and chocolate milk.
Attendees will also be treated to live music throughout the day by The Royal Picks.
The Woodworkers’ Fair was created to provide Bailey’s customers with a place to display and sell items created from the store’s wood. The participation and variety of unique handmade items has grown over the years.
My wife and I love going to Bailey’s to browse wooden vacation items and marvel at the many sizes, shapes and species of wooden slabs they keep on hand.
We bought some one-of-a-kind Christmas decorations, our favorite turned wood salad bowl, and some wood slabs and wood from Bailey’s. The open wood frame of our home is solid Douglas Fir that Bailey brought from the Pacific Northwest to rebuild our home. They dried and stored the solid woods until we needed them, and not a day goes by that I don’t look at or even touch these woods and the stone that surrounds the wood to feel grounded and safe.
We also selected two giant slabs of raw walnut that craftsman and carpenter Mike Hupka turned into our new coffee table with two matching side tables.
Believe me, knowing where the timber and lumber in your home comes from provides a deep sense of connectedness with nature and the outdoors. I can’t explain it other than this way. To be surrounded by familiar woods is a satisfaction for the soul.
Hupka will be at the fair to help out the Bailey family, so anyone you want to talk and learn with will be at this event. I hope you get up there and experience the power of wood for yourself. Free entry.
Dave Kline is an award-winning writer, photographer, host and producer, singer-songwriter, travel guide and community advocate. Contact him at [email protected]