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Spruce Forest Artisan Village will open for the 2020 season as soon as the virus crisis passes and Governor Hogan reopens public parks and areas. We look forward to a wonderful season and hope now everyone is staying home and being safe.

Call for Volunteers!
Do you like history? Do you like talking with people? Spruce Forest Artisan Village is looking for volunteer docents for the historic log one room school house. Volunteers would be there on Saturdays July through October from 11 to 5. Material about the school house will be provided. To schedule a Saturday call Suzanne Hartman at 301- 707-5141 or Lenore Lancaster at 304-738-3180.

October 2019 - Reita Marks, Ed.D, Professor Emerita, West Virginia University, Spruce Forest Artisan Village guest Quilling Artist and former President of the Artisan Village Board was inducted into the National 4 H Hall of Fame. Each laureate was selected because of significant contribution to 4 H, the nation's premier youth development organization that serves over six million youth nationwide. Reita represented WV at the National 4 H Club Congress and participated in the National 4 H Camp in Washington D.C. She established a $25,000 endowment with the WVU Foundation to train 4 H volunteers and Extension staff. She also provided free lodging in her home for 40 WVU students at a cost savings of $175,000 to their families and participated in 14 weeks and 9 weekends of hurricane and flood relief efforts in multiple states. She led an effort to provide Thanksgiving dinners to 1,980 low-income families that was supported by $126,000 in church donations. Spruce Forest Artisan Village has been honored to be a part of Reita's continuing expertise and experience. Reita's Quilling is on display at Penn Alps Gift Gallery and her work is demonstrated and sold each Sumer in a cabin at the Artisan Village. She also teaches workshops on the art of Quilling (making pictures from thin strips of paper that are wrapped around the quills of feathers and glued to different surfaces as elaborate decorations.

Reita Marks

April 2019 - Gary Yoder was awarded the Best of Show award at the Ward Foundation Wild Fowl World Championship of carvers for his Golden Eagle Feather carving. The convention was held in Ocean City, MD on April 26th - 28th and involved approximately 700 carvers of every level - novice to Grand Champions.

Gary Yoder

Experiments In Blacksmithing - Documenting 20 years of Blacksmithing and Metalwork with over 200 images, Artist Mike Edelman takes you on a tour of creative development. This is not a “best of portfolio”, instead it is a book documenting the process of artistic growth and shows work created at various skill levels. In depth photographs document the development of furniture, wall art, sculptures, jewelry, accessories and inventions. Edelman is currently the resident blacksmith at Spruce Forest Artisan village. You may purchase a copy at

Experiments in Blacksmithing

Felix and Me - Lenore Lancaster, colored pencil artist and guest artist - August, September and October in Alta’s cabin, illustrated a children’s book entitled “Felix and Me”. Dr. Tom Palardy created the story poem for a little girl in a wheel chair whose only wish was a story about herself. Dr. Palardy and Dr. Bingman had the little book published to present at Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Festival.

Felix and Me

Lynn Lais has been Busy! - Spruce Forest potter, Lynn Lais, participated in a wood firing at the Castlerock Kiln on Big Savage Mountain April 17–20. Lynn joined 8 other potters in the firing. They loaded the anagama kiln and a secondary salt kiln chamber Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Lynn was able to get 80 pieces in the two chambers. An estimated total of 400 to 450 pieces were in the firing. Stoking the kiln required 12 hour shifts consisting of 3 to 4 persons the first half of the firing and up to 10 the last 18 hours for the 57 hours of the firing. It was the second firing of the kiln and the first where both chambers were taken to 2380 degrees. Lynn is pleased with the results and has roughly sixty percent of the work ready for viewing.

Lynn Lais Pottery

March 2017 - 2017 Workshop Schedule just released. View the 2017 Workshop Schedule.

April 2015 - We have just signed up with AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a way that you can support Spruce Forest when you shop at Amazon. Simply identify us as the organization you support and Amazon will send us a percentage of your order! Follow this link for more information -

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