The city of Bexley's third annual maple tree workshop at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., has expanded into a larger event with a new name.

The city of Bexley's third annual maple tree workshop at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., has expanded into a larger event with a new name.

The event, now known as the Jeffrey Woods Festival, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5.

In addition to the workshop, demonstrating how to tap the maple trees at Jeffrey Mansion for syrup, a variety of other activities will take place, including sawmill and woodcarving demonstrations.

"We wanted to expand on that outdoorsy, living off the land concept," said Mike Price, the city's recreation director. "If you register, you can be involved in the tapping and production of maple syrup and take a bottle home."

A new feature of the festival this year is a "wood chop shop" workshop.

"Residents who have registered (for the workshop) can help us process trees that the city has taken down over the past couple of months, that we're going to process into firewood," Price said. "Those that help us split the wood can take home as much as they can carry. We're trying to be green and reuse those resources."

In addition, artist Jerry Devine will lead a woodcarving demonstration in which he'll create a bald eagle from a 5-foot piece of wood. Devine will work on the carving from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"You can watch it develop over that time," Price said.

A sawmill demonstration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. City arborists Grant Archer and Ron Gould will demonstrate how to process wood into planks.

For participants who are interested in woodworking, the Yellow Wood Design Studio will lead a workshop on how old tools can be refurbished.

"They're going to talk about revitalizing old tools and how you can sharpen axes and take old tools and make them useful again," Price said.

The maple syrup workshop has grown in popularity over the years, Price said.

"The maple syrup workshop has been a lot of fun for us," he said. "Hopefully, people can come out and learn from it and enjoy it."

For more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at 614-559-4300 or visit bexley.org/recreation.

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