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 displays
old tools traditionally used by Adirondack woodsmen. See
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
Descendents of Native Americans demonstrates
and discusses skills passed down through the generations:
----Bill LaFountain, Abenaki descendent, discusses and shows local plants
----Donna Wormwood, Abenaki descendant; art/craft that is from and about
Woodworker John Los (carved wooden spoons,
cutting boards, bowls and Windsor chairs)
LeBlanc discusses barn restoration
and timber frame construction, and demonstrates his
Granger talks about how writing "Adirondack
Gold" and "A Summer of Strangers" taught her about sustainability awareness
in the late 1800s.
Wormwood shows her Adirondack
Rustic Miniatures and Wild by Nature paintings and drawings.
See her work.
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.
Kids learn a new way to measure tree girth at
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.
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??
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
places the cardinal cut glass and the
"Lucyann" logo into the mold
Wini takes the hummingbird stone
out of the mold.
Paper Bead Jewelry
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
A young visitor winds
her first bead.
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.
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! I still wear them and expain the Keepsake concept to friends who admire them. PRG
G u e s tcc A r t i s a n s
a t M a r t i n ' s
W o o d s W a l k
BRUCE IRWIN, PARASEARCH
We're sorry - Bruce Irwin is unable to be at
Woods Walk this year.
Come back on Sept. 26, when Bruce plans to demonstrate
during Thurman Fall Farm Tour
OVEN MOUNTAIN FARM
Hand-carved wooden spoons,
laminated cutting boards, turned bowls and
Hand-crafted Windsor chairs
O'Dell's Firewood Processing
cut for a barn
repair mortise and tenon joint-- Andy LeBlanc, Barn Works
Blanc, hand-hewing a beam
Come to Woods Walk to
see Andy LeBlanc demonstrating his craft.
Andy and friends raise a wall.
Adirondack Suds and Scents, Ltd.
Meet Sally Feihel of
Adirondack Suds and Scents, as she shows you her amazing handmade soaps made the old fashioned way in small batches to control quality, Sally uses only the best oils in each batch of soap. She starts with rice bran oil, coconut oil and sustainable palm oil. She also adds skin-loving extras like shea butter, cocoa butter, pure raw silk (cruelty free) as well as colloidal oatmeal and kaolin clay, just to name a few. You'll want to take some home, and once you try homemade soap, you won't go back to store-bought.
Donna Wormwood has shipped her Adirondack Rustic
Miniatures all over the country and abroad, and has been featured in Adirondack
Life and other publications.
See also Donna's drawings and paintings of Adirondack flora and fauna.
ADIRONDACK RUSTIC MINIATURES
Thurman author Persis Grangerwill 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.
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
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 ----------------------------------------
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ELLEN KENNEY, MUSICIAN
Pickin' on the porch at Woods Walk
(as time allows and the spirit moves her)
Ellen Kenney, Silversmith Ellen has been making hand-wrought
silver jewelry for 30 years.
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
those who share this feeling. Come again to browse our products, or just to
visit. Bring a friend. You are always welcome.