Earrings by Caitlin Burch

Earrings by Caitlin Burch

Weaving by Dena Moses

Weaving by Dena Moses

38th Annual Putney Craft Tour

For the third year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour a Top Ten Winter Event (2016/17). The tour is the oldest continuing craft studio tour in North America.

Blown glass by Josh Letourneau

Blown Glass by
Josh Letourneau

The tour takes place as usual from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on the long Thanksgiving weekend—November 25, 26 and 27. For the last three years the Tour has joined forces with Next Stage Arts Project, Sandglass Theatre, and area restaurants (offering lunch and dinner "specials") to present and publicize a Food, Craft, and Stage Weekend. Also for a third season, each of the participating artisans will showcase an object for sale with proceeds going to the Putney Foodshelf.

The Putney Craft Tour's 22 artisans are a diverse group sharing a passion for creativity. Some made the decision early in life to pursue their dreams of making art, others found their way after spending years in other careers. Some are following in familial footsteps. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Jesse Fox helped build robotic musical instruments displayed at the National Gallery of Art; Dena Moses worked on optical filters that are in the Hubble Telescope; Josh Letourneau is a local organic produce yoda; Caitlin Burch has been following in her family's tour footsteps for years, while her brother Ryan is debuting on this year's tour; Parish Hill Creamery propagates its native cultures from the milk of Helga, Clothilde, Abigail, and Sonia—fine cows at The Putney School.

The artisans, including four new members this season, are students, teachers, makers, and inventors. Their art expresses itself in the variety of their work and also in the ways they choose to live their lives. Visitors can see blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers—even artisan cheesemakers, a custom bicycle maker, and a winery.

The public is invited to start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main St., Putney, for info, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans' works. www.putneycrafts.com · www.facebook.com/putney-craft-tour.

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