The first Saturday of June (June 7, 2014)


Come visit us anytime, but be sure to stop in on these special open house dates:

Thurman Maple Days - three sweet weekends in March     |   Thurman Fall Farm Tour on Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend

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June 7, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
and don't miss, just down the road,
Nettle Meadow Cheese and Spirits Pairing, also on June 7, 5:30 - 7:30


  • In true country tradition, Thurman neighbors will join together at Martin's Lumber to welcome guests, each illustrating some facet of man's relationship to and dependence on nature, and his need to sustain the resources that sustain us. Presentations are very informal and interactive, suitable for all ages.

    Join in one of the intermittent guided woods walks with Gary Martin and friend Bill LaPrairie to identify trees and medicinal plants. Learn about selective cutting and wise woodlot management practices, and see Gary demonstrate his band-saw mill, explaining how sawyers get the most product and the least waste. He d
    isplays old tools traditionally used by Adirondack woodsmen. See more.

  • Got stockpiled newspaper and advertising fliers? Wini Martin demonstrates bead-making. Ask how she extends the skill to make unique gifts to commemorate a special occasion with her Keepsake Jewelry. Leftover wallpaper? Even kids will fold origami boxes to take home. See stained glass become stepping stone garden accents. See photos.

  • Descendents of Native Americans demonstrates and discusses skills passed down through the generations:
    ----Sally Feihel pays tribute to her Mohawk ancestors by sewing dream catchers and medicine bags. See below.
    ----Bill LaFountain, Abenaki descendent, discusses and shows local plants that heal.
    ----Donna Wormwood, Abenaki descendant; art/craft that is from and about nature

  • Woodworkers John Los (carved wooden spoons, Windsor chairs) and Bob Brooks (Adirondack rustic signs and other home accents; comfort birds). Bruce Updike will demonstrate his Alaskan chain saw mill. See photos.
  • Pinky O'Dell demonstrates and offers for sale his firewood processors
  • Andy LeBlanc discusses barn restoration and timber frame construction, and demonstrates his craft.
  • Persis Granger talks about how writing "Adirondack Gold" and "A Summer of Strangers" taught her about sustainability in the 1800s.

    Donna Wormwood shows her Adirondack Rustic Miniatures and Wild by Nature paintings and drawings. See her work.
  • Ellen Kenney creates handwrought silver jewelry

    Find us!
    From Adirondack Northway exit 23: NYS route 9, north into Warrensburg. At the second traffic light, turn left on NYS route 418, following it across and along the river, re-crossing the river into Thurman and continuing on it as it hooks sharply left and then meets Athol Road, c. 4.5 miles. Following the Martin's Lumber arrow sign, take Athol Rd. uphill to the right and follow it 1 mile to Glen-Athol Road on right. Travel 2 miles on Glen-Athol Road, and bear left onto Valley Road. Continue on 4.5 miles to Martin's Lumber at 280 Valley Road, on your right.

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Martin's Lumber

280 Valley Road

Thurman, NY


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Kids learn a new way to measure tree girth at
Martin's Lumber

G A R Y    M A R T I N

Spend time at Martin's Lumber on June 1st, exploring our woods and visiting our shops. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in our forest and see first hand how we practice silviculture to keep our forest healthy and sustainable. Walk with us, learning to identify various trees, determine what trees should be left to mature and which ones should be cut and milled. Also learn about medicinal wild plants.

Guided Woods Walks conducted at 10:30 a.m. and  12:30  and 2:30 p.m.


An easy stroll through our woods is an
enjoyable lesson in silviculture.



During our open house, see a short demonstration on how our portable band saw cuts our logs into rough-cut lumber, including dimensional lumber, beams, 2- or 3-inch live edge slabs, Adirondack siding and more.


Gary Martin tells visitors young and old about the portable bandsaw
and how it saves wood.
Safety lesson go hand in hand with

Sawmill demonstrations held at: 10:10 a.m., and 12:10 and 2:10 p.m.


Bill LaPrairie freqently accompanies Gary on the guided woods walks, speaking about native plants located in nature's pharmacy. Bill has been walking these woods and gathering herbs for 50 years.

See the old tools and equipment used by our forefathers and some still used by us today…..
Can you guess what this is and what it is used for??

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Stained Glass Stepping Stones

will be on display. Enjoy the colorful designs of the glass set in the concrete. Learn how the glass is cut and the stones are made,
and arrange to take one home to enhance your own garden or yard.




W I N I    M A R T I N


     Wini places the cardinal cut glass and the
"Lucyann" logo into the mold



Wini takes the hummingbird stone
out of the mold.

Paper Bead Jewelry

During your visit, browse through Lucyann's Paper Bead Jewelry. Paper beads are rolled from narrow strips of paper. When complete, these beads are processed until they appear more like gems than simply recycled paper. See for yourself how they are made, and try your own hand at fashioning your own bead.



A young visitor winds her first bead.

Learn about our special "Keepsake Beads". These beads are made to order from paper that has a significant meaning to you or your loved one. Taking paper that you have provided (wedding invitations, announcements, menus, articles or any other paper that is special) I will make both the beads and jewelry to your specifications, creating a very special personalized gift. "Like" us on Facebook and play our "Bead Name Game", by guessing the special paper for a chance to win a pair of earrings.

Save-the-Date Card Keepsake Beads
Here's a bride and groom's Save-the-Date card intact, then sliced and diced, then rolled into beads and made into earrings.

What one bride said about the Keepsake earrings she ordered from Lucyann's for her bridesmaids:
---OMG... I am blown away at how FANTASTIC these earrings turned out... Each one is so unique.... AND having the copy of the invitation is the icing on the cake THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH This is exactly the "perfect gift" I was looking for .... the girls will be truly suprised and very appreciative. Again, MERCI!!!! I will certainly keep your card!! -- A customer
---Members of an event-organizing committee all received earrings made from the event brochure -- such a special memento! PRG

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xBruce Irwin, water dowser
Meet Bruce Irwin at Martin's Lumber
Woods Walk this year.

Bruce will show and tell about how
to dowse for water with a divining rod.

Are you a skeptic? Bruce will teach you how.


Bruce Updike
Chainsaw "Sawmill" Demonstration
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John Los
Wooden spoons carved on site
Hand-crafted Windsor chairs

Pinky O'Dell
Firewood Processor
Sales and Demonstrations

  Complex tenon cut for a barn
    repair mortise and tenon joint--

Andy LeBlanc, Barn Works

 Le Blanc, hand-hewing a beam


Come to Woods Walk to
see Andy LeBlanc demonstrating his craft.


Andy and friends raise a wall.

Andy and friends raise a wall.

Adirondack Spectral Investigations


Meet Sally Feihel of Adirondack Spectral Investigations, as she shows how to make Native American medicine bags and speaks about use of healing herbs that may have been used by her Mohawk ancestors.

Native Americans understood before the European settlers the need to preserve natural resources in order to sustain them for future use.

Sally's soaps are back, and she will offer her knew scent, "Woods Walk," named in honor of the event. You'll want to take some home, and your soap purchases will benefit the family of a local family whose family is fighting cancer..


Donna Wormwood has shipped her Adirondack Rustic Miniatures all over the country and abroad, and was featured in Adirondack Life and other publications.

See also Donna's drawings and paintings of Adirondack flora and fauna.


Thurman author Persis Granger
will be on site. Sit awhile and swap yarns of old days in Thurman. Kids can dream up some fictional characters and make up stories
about them.


Wild by NaturePaintings
by Donna Wormwood




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Remarks from readers of Adirondack Gold and A Summer of Strangers

[My son is] 8 years old and we started Adirondack Gold a short while ago. He absolutely loves it!!! The story has really moved him - he's been sad, happy, excited, anxious, and scared! We've spent many nights up past his bedtime just to read a little more.

I loved them both. I spent all my childhood summer vacations on the other side of Crane Mountain.... At age 81, I was taken back to my childhood... Thanks for your excellent writing. RWS
What others are saying about Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimers:
Maria Shriver
Former First Lady, State of California
"I know your book and each individual's story offers the needed encouragement for those enduring the devastating effects of living with Alzheimer's disease."
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Peoples' Medical Society

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Trudi Cholewinski, Program Director,
Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

"…a compelling, inspirational story for caregivers and families who have loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.

North Jupiter
Ellen Kenney, Silversmith
Ellen has been making hand-wrought silver jewelry for 30 years.
North Juipiter design

Ellen Kenney

 Ellen Kenney Earrings

North Jupiter Designs
North Jupiter earrings and necklace

We hope that you will enjoy your time with us as at Martin's Lumber as much as we enjoy having you. The woods are our passion and we find a kinship among many who share this. Come again to browse our products, or just to visit. Bring a friend. You are always welcome.

CALL US AT 518-623-9595

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