kitchawan lore
A bit of Kitchawan lore concerns a chief of the Kitchawan tribe who gave his name to the Croton River, which is fed in part by the waters of lake kitchawan:

On January 8, 1609 Henry Hudson, an English explorer, accepted the terms of the Dutch East India Company to sail for them looking for a new route north. What he found was the northeast coast of America.  Robert Juet, Hudson’s first mate on board the Half Moon, kept very clear and concise notes. He writes: “We came to a strait between two points. The river is a mile broad and the land grew very high with mountains and the river is full of fish.” Hudson stopped for a night in a spot that was very close to the Harmon Railroad Station and slipped the anchor of the Half Moon into the sandy bottom of what the Indians called “Kenoten River.”  At that time the Croton River was named after the chief of the Kitchawan tribe of Indians. His name was pronounced in different ways.  Kenoten, Knoten, or Noten; it meant simply "the wind".   As the years went by and most all of the phonetically transcribed Indian names were settled on, the name "Kenoten's River" became "Croton River". Juet cited in his diary: “Hudson’s encounters with the Indians along the river were basically friendly; there were some resistances, but over all a friendly experience. We lingered some, but finally set our course up the river.” On the return trip down the river, Juet again writes, “He knew that this place was not India, but a fair land and a pleasant place to build a town.”........And, we might add, a pleasant place to build a woodworker's studio!

(Picture:'The Landing of Henry Hudson 1608 At Verplanck' - Robert Walter Weir)

Kitchawan Woodcraft is situated on the shores of Lake Kitchawan.  in the town of south salem, ny. The name Kitchawan is derived from the Algonquin Indian tribe's word for "strong running". 

The lake is tucked away in the eastern most reaches of the Hudson River Valley, and is  surrounded by hills and woodlands,  which provide a rich source of  raw material to the discerning eye.  Many local species of trees, scarred by storm damage, insect habitation, disease and the normal maturing process, supply an unending variety of wood for creating unique works of art.


"This is the most exciting and satisfying thing I have done in my 35 year career as a woodworker!"

Kitchawan Woodcraft is the culmination of  Bill's 35 year career as a woodworker.  Designing and creating fine wood cabinetry, furniture, and various other projects has led him to an appreciation of getting up close and personal with the wood.  Rather than plan and execute a complicated design, Bill, who describes himself as an "analytical mechanic", would prefer to let the wood speak for itself. The art of turning wood on the lathe, using specially ground chisels and scraping tools to release the wood's own inner beauty, is what fascinates him.  Finally able to just have fun with the wood and not work to a preordained set of plans or projections, he is now  inspired to see in every piece of wood an interior 'blueprint' of it's own, and let it emerge organically. 


Lake kitchawan

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