Sauder Village Woodcarver’s Show & Sale and Explore the Crafts

Press Staff Writer

      Celebrate the beauty and bounty of autumn with unique artistry, toe-tapping music and hands-on craft activities Oct. 26 and 27 at Sauder Village.
         This last weekend of the 2019 regular season will feature the Explore the Crafts event as well as the 33rd Annual Woodcarver’s Show and Sale in Founder’s Hall.
        Again this year, woodcarvers from throughout the Midwest will be gathering at Sauder Village. Founder’s Hall will be filled with exhibit tables of woodcarvings and supplies representing artists and suppliers from the tri-state region. Not only will guests have a chance to see the artists and purchase their works, they will also be able to learn more about this traditional art form through various demonstrations planned throughout the weekend. Some of the exhibitor specialties for this annual show and sale include hand-crafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, ornaments, pens and more.
        There will also be items from artists specializing in scroll saw work, relief carving, woodturning and chip carving. Throughout the weekend, guests will enjoy watching woodcarving demonstrations and special performances by Wes Linenkugal and his band in Founders Hall.
        “We are pleased to have guest carver Floyd Rhadigan of Clinton, Michigan and so many other talented carvers joining us for our Woodcarver’s event this fall,” said Kim Krieger, Media Relations.
        ​On Saturday only in the Historic Village, guests can also enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations as part of the Explore the Crafts event. Craftsmen will share their talents while allowing guests to explore their own creativity. Visitors may try pottery, basket making, printing, weaving and making a tin icicle. They can also decorate a birdhouse, build with wooden planks and help assemble a wooden bucket puzzle in the Coopers Shop. Some of the other hands-on activities planned for this special day include decorating a cake tester in the broom shop, yarn-dying demonstrations, blacksmithing activities (extra fee) and writing with a quill pen.
        “New this year, guests can also watch chainsaw carving demonstrations on Saturday on the Village Green,” Krieger said. “Tony Burroughs of Tony’s Carvings will be creating amazing masterpieces with his chainsaw and will also have a few carvings to be raffled by the end of the day.”
        The Woodcarver’s Show and Sale runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. There is a “show-only” admission of $8 (enter through Founder’s Hall).
        Historic Sauder Village will close for the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 27 but will have a new Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 30 and Holiday Lantern Tours will be held on Dec. 6 and 7 (by reservation only).
        Sauder Village is located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold.
        For more info, call 1-800-590-9755 or visit


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