Profiles: The Webatuck Craft Village, an Inspiring Centenarian and More

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    Walter Casey Jones — at 109 — travels around the country are shares his wisdom.
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    The Webatuck Craft Village is home to a variety of craftspersons.
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In celebration of little-known folks from all over.

 

The Webatuck Craft Village 

 

Less than a 1-1/2-hour drive north of New York City, where the Appalachian Trail crosses New York Route 55, lies a community of independent artisans: the Webatuck Craft Village in Wingdale, New York. Webatuck is currently home to a potter, a stained glass maker, a glass blower, a blacksmith, a silversmith, a trading company and a country restaurant. Throughout the years, frequent crafts demonstrations on the spacious grounds have attracted guest artisans ... including leatherworkers, broom-makers, candle-dippers, sheep shearers, chair-caners, weavers, quilters, wood-carvers and musicians.



Folks are invited to watch resident and visiting craftspersons use traditional tools to transform their various raw materials into one-of-a-kind works of art. Spectators often stay to picnic on the shaded lawns or canoe and fish along the scenic Ten Mile River. Groups of 10 or more individuals are asked to call for appointments two weeks in advance . . . others are welcome to simply drop by year round (some businesses do close during February), Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 






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