The Woodstock Vermont artisans Collective.

The Woodstock Collective.

Over the recent decades, Vermont has emerged as the epicenter of the crafts revival in America.  Consequently, we are fortunate here at the October Country Inn to be well placed within close proximity to many in the Vermont artisans community.  For example, Clear Lake Furniture produces hand-crafted heirloom quality hardwood furniture in a large barn in nearby Ludlow.  And, you can walk to White Raven Drum Works in Bridgewater Corners for a wooden drum, flute, or didjeridoo.  Additionally, the Woodstock Collective, a twelve member cooperative craft gallery, features wearable, decorative and functional items.  Further, you can take home a white line woodcut by Hartland artist Marilyn Syme.

Meandering Wall for Walter by Vermont artisan -M. Syme

Meandering Wall for Walter. -M. Syme

Each Spring, Vermont artisans of the Vermont Crafts Council, with over 400 members, organizes a state-wide open studio weekend.  Above all, Open Studio Weekend happens on May 23 and 24.

Vermont Artisans Open Their Studios.

Some local studios that are open include:

            • Deborah Falls for botanical paintings on silk.
      • Vermont Stone Design for benches, birdbaths, vases, lamps, and frames.
      • VanNatta Gallery for plein air oil paintings.
      • Rockledge Farm Woodworks for furniture and home accessories.
      • Robert O’Brien Watercolors for paintings and prints.
      • Tsuga Studios for decorative and functional blown glass.

Time spent in Vermont is never wasted.

On the other hand, if you’re more of a hands-on kind of person, you might want to check out the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts in nearby Ludlow.

Table and chairs by Vermont artisans Clear Lake Furniture.

Table and chairs by Clear Lake Furniture.

The Fletcher Farm School is the oldest arts and crafts school in Vermont.  Operated by the Society of Vermont Artisans and Craftsmen, the school commits to providing a quality arts and crafts education to keep old traditions alive as well as teach new techniques.

In any case, Spring has come to Vermont.  The grass is green, the trees are in leaf and blossom.  Enjoy Spring.  Come to the Woodstock Killington area and tour the work of local artists and artisans.  Time is never wasted when spent in Vermont.