Woodworking event Friday evening

NORTHVILLE — Master woodworker and artist/craftsman Michael P. Kratky will be featured at a holiday reception at Sacandaga Valley Arts Network’s arts center from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, at its new location, 303 S. Main St.

Kratky will be on premises with his lathe, turning wooden, Christmas trees and Harry Potter wands.

An Adirondack native, Kratky has been woodworking since he was “old enough to swing a hammer and hand-cut dovetail joints,” he said in a SVAN news release.

Although Kratky is “a master electrician, master carpenter, home inspector and an electrical fire underwriter inspector by trade,” Kratky said that woodworking has always been his passion.

He co-formed Black Bear Art and Woodworking Studios in 1999, where he creates and builds period furniture styles, as well as arts and craft, mission, Shaker, rustic Adirondack, and now Green and Green.

“Many aspects of finish carpentry and cabinet building require centuries-old developed woodturning and hand woodworking skills that I adhere to in this day and age of smart phones and sedentary life styles, I even mill my own lumber direct from the forest,” he said.

Kratky is a member and demonstrator for multiple woodworking clubs and shows in the state and New England. His award-winning turnings and furniture pieces can be found in private collections, galleries and invitational shows throughout the country.

Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to enjoy the arts, artists and the new gallery space.

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