One of the newer members of the cooperative, Franklin Geist is a long time resident of the area, having taught mathematics and served in a number of administrative capacities at Vermont Academy for many years, as well as serving on the Rockingham School Board and other civic organizations.
Now in retirement, much of his time is spent in his wood shop at his home in Saxtons River, making lamps, tables, cutting boards, rocking horses, gavels and other items. He works in maple, cherry, black walnut, oak, ash birch basswood, poplar, white pine and hemlock.
Vermont Woods from His Property
Most of his projects are created from wood that he harvests from his own property, with the exception of some magnolia, oak and cherry from his daughter and son-in-law’s place in Virginia.
The River Artisan’s shop is stocked with various sizes of cutting boards, rolling pins, and several lamps. The inventory is ever changing, and special orders could be considered.