Shelburne Craft School celebrates 70 years

This year marks the Shelburne Craft School’s 70th anniversary as an incorporated nonprofit. Woodworker and Reverend J. Lynwood Smith started it when he invited a handful of youngsters from the Shelburne Village School to learn the fundamentals of woodworking in 1938, but the organization wasn’t official until 1945. To celebrate, the School is throwing a big party on campus.

“We tend to do our events off-site,” said Executive Director Sage Tucker-Ketcham, “but this time, the Board of Directors and instructors and staff have really wanted to bring the party to our beautiful campus.”

The Shelburne Craft School will host a 70th Anniversary Party & BBQ on Saturday, May 30 from 4-7pm. There will be live music by Lila Webb and family, craft demonstrations, activities for kids, contributions from Shelburne Vineyard, and a few surprises. There will be a demonstration of the Obvara firing technique, an Eastern European technique that dates back to the 12th century.

“I think of it as a good old-fashioned hoedown,” said Tucker-Ketcham.

The festivities are free and open to the public. Come and celebrate 70 years of community and craft.

The Shelburne Craft School is located at 64 Harbor Road in Shelburne. For more information please visit