Great Camp Sagamore Artisans and Instructors

Check out the dates of for traditional artisans visiting camp on our tour page.

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Folk Singer, Dan Berggren

“Dan Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator grew up on the land farmed by his mother’s family for generations and has worked in the woods with forest ranger and survey crews. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.” –






John KirkTrish Miller






John Kirk and Trish Miller

“John and Trish entertain with a diverse repertoire of original and traditional music. Their shows appeal to audiences of all ages with quick-pickin’ tunes, sentimental songs, chorus participation and percussive clog dancing. Leading the way are John’s fiddle selections from Americana, Canadian and Celtic styles. John’s warm tenor voice is clear and engaging. Both artists take turns exchanging guitar, banjo, mandolin and syncopated rhythm steps as part of their shows. The variety of songs can be humorous, old fashioned, storytelling, original, popular and poetic.”-

Bill SmithStoryteller and Traditional Craftsman, Bill Smith

“Born in 1937 into a large family in the “Featherbed” section near South Colton, on the northern outskirts of the Adirondack Park, Bill Smith is a teller of tales, a singer of songs and a maker of traditional Adirondack pack baskets.  He learned each of these trades first at home from his parents, his father’s lumberjack friends, and the assorted other characters who would come through the Smith house and the nearby woods in Bill’s childhood.” –







Helen Condon

Wool Rug Braider, Helen Condon

“Over fifty years ago my grandmother, Sarah Campbell Taylor, taught me how to make braided rugs using discarded wool clothing. Nothing was wasted during the years of the Great Depression and, although I was born after it was over, I learned how to use whatever was at hand.” – Helen,







David WoodwardBlacksmith, David Woodward,

“Since opening his studio in 1986, David Woodward has worked in a variety of media and many styles. In his ornamental ironwork (blacksmithing), he has studied traditional methods of joinery, French style repousse’ and the style of 18th century English Baroque.  A vast amount of his work has been done in the styles from the Arts and Crafts era including Craftsman, Mission and Green & Green.” –







Pat Smith

Cedar Canvas Canoe Builder, Pat Smith

“Patrick Smith, professional boat builder, specializes in Classic Cedar Canvas Canoes. He is a Charter member of Wooden Canoe Builders Guild and a member of the Wooden Canoes Heritage Association.Pat has taught numerous schools of instruction in both new canoe building and complete restoration. He is an instructor at the Adirondack Boat Building School at Great Camp Sagamore. Pat helped found the school in 1998 and is currently the director of the program.  Programs include new, restoration and the intergenerational grandparents/grandchildren camp.” –






Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn

Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan:


“Peggy Lynn is recognized nationwide for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility. Her work has been featured at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, and in 1996 Peggy was selected “Adirondack Woman Of The Year”.Dan Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on Hammered Dulcimer and Flat Picking Guitar, and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. ”


Joe Defelice

Joe Defelice







Chair caner, Chris Hubbard

Wagon Wheel Rug Braider, Francoise Ouimet

Boat Builder, Chris Woodward:

Photographer, Burdette Parks:

Great Camp Sagamore - A View from the Lake

Photographer, Jessica Riehl (featured throughout this blog):