Photo credit: Nicholas Mustoe, a forester at Fishlake National Forest discuss tree rings with 4-H youth. Photo by Annette Lamb

Wood Crafting, Weaving & Cultural Heritage

Wayne County 4-H youth have been investigating the history of forests, wood, and crafting. Nicholas Mustoe, a forester at Fishlake National Forest spoke with 4-H youth about his work with the U.S. Forest Service. The youth have been learning about the dozens of historic and current sawmills throughout the county and how wood is harvested and processed for a wide range of projects from log cabins to art projects. Whether wood carving, wood burning, or building with wood, they’ve had experiences using wood in many different types of projects.

On Wednesday February 21st at 6:00PM the entire community is invited to join in the fun at a FREE community dinner at the Wayne County Community Center in Bicknell. The community night will include a free meal, historical perspectives on local sawmills, exhibits and demonstrations of locally made wood products, along with wood-related activities. To register for the free meal, call the USU Extension/4-H Office at 435-836-1312.

Our next cultural heritage theme is baskets, rugs, and weaving. 4-H youth activities will take place February 22 & 27, March 1 & 6 at the Loa Civic Center from 3:00-5:00PM. All children grades 3 and up are invited to attend these free after school activities. Youth will be discussing how native peoples and pioneers wove baskets, rugs, and other household items. They’ll learn about weaving tools and create woven crafts. Finally, they’ll play games exploring the wide variety of materials that are used for weaving from yarn to pine needles. The free community dinner event for the weaving theme will be held Wednesday March 14 at 6PM at the Wayne County Community Center in Bicknell.

We’re looking for historic photos related to any of our themes. Right now, we’re particularly interested in people with experience in weaving that would like to share their expertise as part of the after school program or during the community event. If you’re willing to share, please contact Annette Lamb at or call 435-425-3415. LIKE us at – Annette Lamb, The Entrada Institute