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Beauty of the Burl Lecture and Book Signing
July 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Don will discuss how burls are created and their cultural history. He will also discuss Adirondack history and his experiences as a guide. Following the talk Don will sign copies of his latest book, Grandfather’s Tool Chest, which will be available for purchase, in addition to his decorative burl art. Mr. Williams’ exhibit Beauty of the Burl will be on view at New York Folklore, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, through the end of August, 2022.
Burls are abnormalities in trees. The burl sculptures, brought to life by Williams, are carefully peeled by a small knife, and coated with varnish, enhancing their natural marbleized interior. No two are alike and they range from the size of a pea to as large as a bathtub.
Don grew up in Northville, NY. He has worked as a science teacher, school principal, and an Adirondack guide for 60 years, following in his grandfather’s footsteps. He is the author of 12 books, including his latest, Grandfather’s Tool Chest, and is the founder and first president of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association.
New York Folklore’s Gallery of New York Artists is located at 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, on the Jay Street pedestrian mall. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 3:30PM, and Sundays 10AM to 2PM.