Fox Chapel Open House

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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We partner with Fox Chapel Publishing in the Craft and Hobby Industry. They invited us to come to their Open House held earlier this May in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Fox Chapel publishes many types of wood crafting books and magazines, including those about Pyrography or Wood Burning, as it is known at Walnut Hollow.  We were asked to demonstrate wood burning for the attendees.

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The event was held at the Rough & Tumble Historical Association, Inc. An Engineers Historical organization, it is a Museum http://www.roughandtumble.org/ ) on 33 acres of land. The country side is simply beautiful.

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The Museum is filled with old agricultural and industrial machines. I’m a city girl – I saw things I’ve never seen in my life! There was even an old locomotive (with a really loud whistle!!!) and cars to carry people around on the tracks to see various buildings and antique equipment.

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Besides demonstrations and Make & Takes for various types of wood crafts, they held classes and also had books and supplies for sale. Fox Chapel publishes the very popular Zentangle® books. There were tables set up for attendees to also try their hand at Zentangle activities.

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We were set up in a large equipment building. It’s so fun to see all the wood workers and the beautiful things they make by using lathes, carving with hand tools, and some were even using chain saws for larger carving.

Local folks and people from surrounding states came for the 2 day event. It was so fun to chat with people of all ages interested in working with their hands and creating things with various types of wood.

Thanks, Fox Chapel Publishing! I had a great time, but I don’t miss the locomotive whistle at all……….

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