The making of authentic architectural reproductions and exceptional custom wood and iron workings is an art mastered by few. The Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park is in the business of preserving, demonstrating and educating the public about these crafts and the techniques used in the 1800s and early 1900s. As skilled manufacturers, they have made woodwork for two governor’s mansions, national parks, historic cathedrals, and even the White House. Blue Ox functions as a combination manufacturing company, project-based community high school and an historic park that includes the skid camp, a re-creation of an old logging camp. When you visit, go on a self-guided tour to watch unique works of art being created before your eyes. Observe the craftsmen using antique woodwork machinery to do custom woodworking, or see them print and bind books. At the blacksmith shop, ornamental iron works are made, along with nails and bolts.
The ceramics studio uses local clays to create experimental glazes utilizing formulas from as far back as the 1400s. You also have the opportunity to see where they mix their own stains and varnishes. And you can meet Babe and Blue, two fully-grown Belgian Blue oxen. Self-guided tours can be taken Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided group tours and workshops are also available.
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