Crafters demo old ways of making

  • Mark Kneeland shows off his handmade spoons at a past Old Ways Days in Canterbury. Courtesy

  • There will be examples of antique machines for visitors to check out. —Courtesy

  • There will be examples of antique machines for visitors to check out. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 10/17/2018 4:48:28 PM

Back in the day, when you needed something, it was made by you or someone in your community. 

The ultimate form of “buy local.” 

Dave Emerson of Old Ways Traditions works to reconnect people with that style of making and doing. And each fall, the third weekend of October, Old Ways Traditions hosts Old Ways Days, jam-packed with hands-on activities, food and fun. 

Demonstrations include blacksmithing, saw milling, broom making, spoon carving, braided rugs and wood turning. 

The Tools for Kids program will let kids (and adults) try out blacksmithing and wood turning with some hand tools. 

This year, there will be demonstrations of antique machinery and engines, including some unusual machines from two of the largest collections in the state. 

For entertainment, Badger’s Drift, who plays Americana originals, and Newfound Grass will perform Saturday. On Sunday, hear Ryan and Brennish Thompson play Celtic tunes and Entangles Strings, a six-piece band known for memorable and popular Americana. 

If you get hungry, there will be homemade soup and chili and squash rolls, as well as “hots and ham.”

During your visit, you can also meet the friendly alpacas; meander trails to check out fields, woodlands, a brook and a variety of stonewalls; and stop by the museum and wood shop.

The event will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 am. to 3 p.m., at Old Ways Traditions, 418 Shaker Road, Canterbury. 

For more information, visit or call 783-4403.

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