Zachary Dillinger is a period reproduction furniture maker who uses only period hand tools to complete his work. He has written for Popular Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture, Early American Life Magazine, and Mortise & Tenon Magazine. He is also the author of two books: With Saw, Plane and Chisel: Making Historic American Furniture with Hand Tools and On Woodworking: Notes from a Lifetime at the Bench. His work has been featured at furniture shows and museums around the country. He has demonstrated period techniques at Woodworking in America, The Furniture Project, L.L. Johnson Lumber Company, The Detroit Institute of Arts and at numerous other historical events around the country.
Learn the process of woodcut printmaking with local artist Gregorio Perez. Perez will carve hand drawn images into planks of wood. The carved image will receive a thin layer of ink using a brayer (ink roller). After the ink is applied to the block it will be pressed onto paper. A reverse image of the block will be transferred to the paper.
A tree stump, a chain saw, a ladder and an imagination are the tools of "Lumber" Jack Riese, chainsaw artist from Massillon, Ohio. From totem poles to eagles, from unicorns to bears in a canoe, Jack takes it from concept to finished sculpture! Come check out Jack in the front yard of the wood shop where he will be carving a wolf!
Are you thinking of purchasing a new dining table, rocking chair, dresser, cabinets, or just something small? This event is perfect for you! Get to know some of the top furniture makers from the Great Lakes Region and start a relationship with these men and women. The best way to support your community is to buy local. The products are not just sold locally, they are handcrafted locally from materials grown right here. Browse handmade products made by local artisans. Over 30 wood artist will be in attendance to help meet your need. Prices range from $5-$5000
Steven Durren has been making things with his hands as long as he can remember. He has a formal education in gunsmithing and spent many years working in machine shops and enjoying various forms of woodworking. 20 years ago, he turned to his true passion, gunsmithing, full time. He now spends most of his work hours (and off work hours) building fine custom rifles.
He feels the highlight of his career was when he was accepted as a Professional member in the American Custom Gunmaker’s Guild as both a Metalsmith and Stockmaker. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Guild.
Steven will be displaying examples of his work and will be demonstrating some of the techniques used to create a high-end custom stock.
Join Cave & Canopy duo Cale Stoker & Ashleh Worden for some green woodworking and wood burning throughout the festival. Cale carves beautiful spoons from greenwood using a axe and knifes while Ashleh creates lovely ornate wood-burned designs. Stop by their booth and check it out!
Chainsaw carver Lonnie Glines is coming in from Harrison, MI. Lonnie is a former equipment rep, who was in search of a carver for fair and customer open houses. The carver he hired became a good friend and mentor, who taught him the art of chainsaw carving for 8 years before he passed away. Lonnie will be doing live chainsaw carving throughout the day of the festival. Stop by his booth and check it out!
The Truth About Trees! Did you know ping pong balls are made from WOOD?! What about toothpaste?! Chocolate?!
We'll be educating youngsters at the 2018 GLWF with some awesome resources from the Hardwood Forest Foundation! They are a non-profit organization with the goal to provide science based programs, including Truth About Trees, to educate every elementary child in North America about sustainable forestry.
Free kids swag bags! With items that come from trees! Coloring book, crayons, pencils and rulers! All thanks to the Hardwood Forest Foundation. Get em' while they last!
Are you an educator? We'll have information available for you to get your own Truth About Tree Kits for classrooms, libraries, festivals, etc.
Come watch wood turner Erik Blom while he demonstrates turning techniques at the pavilion! Erik Blom has lived in Ann Arbor Township for over 70 years. He started woodworking at 8 years of age, accomplished major drawings, wood and metal sculpture in high school and showed his work at the beginning of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. He attended college for commercial, graphic arts, and photography. He retired as a power plant engineer and has been turning wood as an art form for 10 years. He loves what he can see and create out of a piece of wood.
Ever wondered how to whip that rusty old hand saw into super sharp shape? Learn directly from Erik Florip - hobbyist woodworker turned toolmaker. Florip started building custom saws five years ago and now has a tool making shop near Traverse City, MI. All Erik's tools are made in house from raw material. Erik will also be showing handsaws and layout tools during the festival. For more information, visit FloripToolworks.com
Andy Schiller is a solo acoustic guitar instrumentalist. When he hits the stage, the first song will be a fast, no-holds-barred flurry of notes, ala Andy McKee’s “Drifting” or Kaki King’s “Playing with Pink Noise”. The percussive techniques and two-hand tapping add a visual element to the musical performance that keeps the audience’s eyes glued to the stage. The set then continues with original compositions. These are melodic finger-style pieces, where Andy obviously draws upon his classical guitar training. The tasteful use of loops and effects in a handful of the songs brings a welcome variety of tones to the set. A few covers from 80s pop groups add a surprising twist to the set of solo acoustic percussive guitar.
Start your little one's woodworking career right with their very first toolbox. Thanks to local sponsor Tecumseh Plywood, we have enough wood for 100 kids to make tool boxes.
When complete, kids will take home a tool box they constructed themselves. They will even get their own set of tools to put in their tool box thanks to local sponsor Dynamic Industrial Supply.
Join Windsor Chairmaker Luke A. Barnett while he shows you how to use a card scraper. Learn how to sharpen a damaged card scraper in just a few minutes WITHOUT jigs. We will learn how to make a card scraper from a saw blade. Make and modify scrapers to a shape that works for you.
Join Canoe Mike Thomsen of Thomsen boats while he shares some of his tips and tricks to making a world class paddle.
Join Jon Richards of The Woodstock and the famed NAOA for a electrical extravaganza in fractal art. Jon will be demonstrating the Lichtenberg Wood burning technique.
The Native Heart is a quartet started by husband and wife duo, Jon & Julie Torrence. The band's musical taste and influence is broad, and their performances intentional and electric. Having been together for over a decade, their voices blend organically and complement their jazz-influenced folk sound. Their repertoire ranges from jazz standards to contemporary music, from folk legends to original songs, all the while remaining driven by rhythmic intensity and emotional strength. At the heart of the Native Heart is a love of art and storytelling, and this is portrayed within their music.