Campers in the Arts on the Farm summer camp program at Hallockville Museum Farm finished up their first week of camp Friday afternoon by helping North Fork woodworker Tom Barry build the basic frame structure for a barn or a shed in the same way farmers here did so 200 years ago.
It is a “peg and beam” structure and the two dozen children, ages 6 to 11, worked with Mr. Barry all week to make the pegs by hand that hold the 4 x 4 frame together. They took turns hammering the pegs to join the beams using a “beetle,” which is a large wooden hammer.
Camp counselors and directors joined in with Hallockville staff to help raise the timbers as the campers shouted “Heave Ho” cheering them on.
During the week the campers also made toys out of wood: wooden handle jump rope, old-fashioned ring toss and wooden blocks. Next week the camp theme is “fiber arts and crafts.” The four-week camp is a partnership of Hallockville Museum Farm and Peconic Community School, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The co-directors of the camp are Liz Casey-Searl and Kathryn Casey-Quigley who have designed this enriching arts-based curriculum. There are a few slots left for weeks three and four in the program. Call 631-298-5292 or email [email protected] to register for a workshop.
Mr. Barry of Riverhead, 56, has been woodworking his entire life, has had his business Green Revolution Woodworking for the past 15 years and also offers classes and workshops for adults and teens.
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