New York Folklore in Schenectady has announced the opening of a new exhibit of Adirondack Burls by guide and artist Donald Williams, open through summer 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.
Donald grew up in Northville, NY. During his life, he 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. He is the founder and first president of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association. Grandfather’s Tool Chest is available for purchase in the New York Folklore Shop.
New York Folklore is open 10 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm Sundays. For more information, contact New York Folklore at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at (518) 346-7008, visit their website.
Photo of Donald Williams provided.