We hope you will visit us when we open our studios during Maine Craft Weekend, Saturday and Sunday October 14th and 15th from 10-4pm. Sponsored by the Maine Crafts Association, MCW is a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events. This self-guided tour features participants all over the state, and is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. Visit the website to see listings of participants by region.
My workshop is located on the floor below my wife Willy’s studio in our 1850’s barn, one half mile from downtown Belfast. You will be walking through my workshop on your way to Willy’s atelier, so I hope you will take a moment to look around and say hi! I will be making wood oars, which are largely hand made with the use of modified antique wooden planes, spokeshaves and draw knife, as well as shop made tools specific to the task. There is one thing I enjoy nearly as much as rowing, and that is talking to folks about oars and the tools I use to make them.”
The Midcoast Maine area includes several other Waldo County participants; In Belfast: Dina Petrillo/Belfast Bay Shade Co., Jean Hardy Ceramics, United Farmer’s Market; in Belmont: Mary Trotochaud/Everyday Pottery; in Montville: Jacobson Glass Studio; in Liberty: Betsy Levine/Prescott Hill Pottery, Fischer/Barberio Studios, David Holbrook Acoustic Instruments; in Knox: Jeffrey Butler Ceramics; and in Thorndike: Kenneth Copp/Locust Grove Woodworks.
Visit historic Belfast, make a day of it! There are lots of restaurants to sustain you in-between your studio visits. A partial list includes: coffee and pastries at Chase’s Daily or Moonbat Bakery; lunch at the Belfast Coop Cafe or Rollie’s; and dinner at Darby’s or Neighborhood, or down by the water at Nautilus or 3 Tides.