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Monticello Holds ‘Handmade for the Holidays’ Event

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Monticello was packed with holiday cheer Saturday for an event called "Handmade for the Holidays."

The event featured handcrafted gifts made from the wood of trees Thomas Jefferson kept on his land. The wood was taken directly from the Monticello tulip poplar, sugar maple and walnut trees and turned into dining ware, toys and more.

One woodworker says handcrafted and classic toys will never go out of style.

"When you think of the toy industry today what do you think of? You think of electronics, things that were cool last year are passe today. Toys like marbles, jacks, hardwood throwing tops and yo-yos—they're never going to go away," said Dean Helfer, president of Channel Craft.

One woodworker put on a show of his own at the event while he hand-carved spoons made from Monticello fruit trees.

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