The Austerlitz Woodworker’s Show came as all things do, very quickly. My shop was quite full and quite active. You remember I had an offer by an 8 and an 11 year old to ‘help’? Well who could turn down help like that? Their enthusiasm alone filled the shop. I put my work aside and with the help of their mother, worked on turning pens and ice cream scoops! What could be better? I was able to put the finishing touches on the console table and build an ipad stand to display my work, I tried to squeeze in time to finish the shaker table but that just wasn’t going to happen. I took a deep breath and said to myself “it’s all good, do what you can. This is my hobby and I have to enjoy it. No pressure!” The rest of the day was fantastic, as my son and daughter taught us a thing or two about turning!
Austerlitz is very fortunate to have a thriving Historical Society which owns a 20 acre parcel of land that is the home of the Old Austerlitz Village. The village is a “living history museum of post-and-beam houses, a granary, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse, a Christian Church and other historic buildings.” The latest is a newly restored barn, which was raised just in time to host the show.
I loaded in the morning of the show and but wasn’t able to fit into the barn. So instead I shared the granary next to the barn with master craftsman Clark Olsen.
This town certainly houses some impressive talent! The show consisted of 11 professional woodworkers and four hobbyists, all extraordinary in their own way. The variety alone was was impressive, running the gamut from cabinetry, marquetry, classic shaker, windsor chairs, toys, furniture, even whirligigs. Something for everyone!
The best part of any woodworking show is the camaraderie. Woodworkers are the kindest, most giving folk you will ever find. That has never more true than in Austerlitz.
It was an terrific day. Very inspiring. I met so many great and talented people, not only fellow woodworkers, but people from this amazing community. I wish I had taken more photos and had time to chat with more people, but you can only squeeze so much into one day.
I wanted to mention all that attended and really extend my thanks for welcoming me and for your generosity.
The Woodworkers of Austerlitz: Jeffrey All, Reggie Brantner, Herb Cook, John Dunne, Randy Ezinga, Tim Hawley, Dick Light, Scott Mesick, Chris Landy, Clark Olsen, Brian Polhemus, John Porritt, Howard Reznikoff, Steve Somlo and Michael Walters.
I would be remiss if i did not point out that not only did Max and Samantha hold down the fort while Daddy was off being social. They also sold all of their turned bottle stops!!