Wood Shaving Days

A blacksmith demonstrates the process of shaping hot iron with a hammer at a past Wood Shaving Days event. The popular event returns to Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling July 15-16.

LANSING – On Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, visitors of all ages are invited to explore and enjoy the area’s 19th-century lumber industry with craft demonstrations and live music at the Logging Museum.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, woodworkers will demonstrate their techniques and show off historic tools, while blacksmiths will pound and shape metal into a range of practical and decorative items. A 1912 steam-powered sawmill will cut pine logs into boards, offering visitors a glimpse of the sights, sounds and scents of Michigan’s lumbering era. Other craft demonstrations will include period music, weaving and wool spinning.              

The Logging Museum is a field site of the Michigan History Center and interprets the white pine logging era of 1840-1910. The Wood Shaving Days Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Hartwick Pines, and all proceeds go toward the interpretive and educational programs offered at Hartwick Pines State Park. 

For more information about Wood Shaving Days or other programs at Hartwick Pines, please call 989-348-2537 or visit www.michigan.gov/hartwickpinesvc. There is no charge for attending Wood Shaving Days, but a Recreation Passport is required for park entry. 

The Michigan History Center’s museum and archival programs foster curiosity, enjoyment, and inspiration rooted in Michigan’s stories. It includes the Michigan History Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/mhc.

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