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Wonders of Wood

Wonders of Wood

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Explore the Wonders of Wood at Ryedale Folk Museum this Father’s Day weekend.

The Hutton-le-Hole attraction will celebrate “everything wood” in the third annual event which features pole-lathe turning, coracle making, chair caning, clog making and paper making, among other attractions.

On Sunday, there is the opportunity for visitors to make their own piece of rope, learn skills to survive in the wild with a bushcraft expert or unleash their inner musician with help from York drumming outfit, The Vodders.

Emma McKenzie, Ryedale Folk Museum’s event officer, said: “If you’re stuck for something to do with your dad on Father’s Day then this event is sure to be a fun day out for all the family.

“The museum site will be brought to life with the displays and demonstrations – and with a half price family ticket offer all weekend it’s great value too.”

Other highlights include the return of talented local wood turner Philip Greenwood; skilled chainsaw carver Kim Neith-Thompson, who creates sculptures from tree trunks; and Norton-based unique furniture maker Mark Bennett from The Woodlark.

There will also be demonstrations of traditional woodcrafts including bee skeps, rake making, wood carving and stick sculpting.

Younger visitors will be well catered for and have the chance to become a museum detective by finding and identifying wooden items through the museum’s site, ranging from a knitting sheaf to a cruck frame.

Traditional wooden games will also keep visitors amused throughout the weekend, alongside displays from the Forestry Commission and stories about the museum’s original founding fathers.

Wood turner Philip Greenwood, who owns Greenwood Crafts in Hutton-le-Hole, said: “Every year I look forward to attending this friendly event at Ryedale Folk Museum.

“It’s great to see some wonderfully skilled craftspeople at work and we all enjoy talking to the public about our work.”

Wonders of Wood runs on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

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