Craft of Sterling Auction Goes Virtual

by June Pichel Cook

CRAFTSBURY – The second annual Craft of Sterling Auction is going online and will close November 30.

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A Horace Strong canoe is being offered at the second annual Craft of Sterling Auction to benefit the woodworking and fiber arts program at the college. The canoe is one of many items being auctioned online to the highest bidder. The auction ends on November 30.

The online auction proceeds benefit the woodworking and fiber arts program in Strong Hall, home to Sterling College’s Environmental Humanities major.

Horace Strong founded the woodworking program and show which has expanded to include fiber arts and creative works. Until approximately a decade ago, every Sterling student was required to build a woodworking project utilizing different woods and joineries.

Dean of Advancement and Alumni Relations Christina Goodwin said auction items come from alumni, local businesses, faculty and students. A complete description of the items in the auction, and brief biography of the “creator” behind the piece, can be found on the auction website.

“You can bid on an item or buy it outright,” Goodwin said. “Some things have already been scooped up.”

Auction items include a tour of the Hill Farmstead Brewery, valued at $3,000, a Horace Strong canoe, dried floral wreaths, Friday night dinner from CVillage store, a certificate to Whetstone Wellness, Jasper Hill cheese, maple syrup, a handmade neck warmer, sheepskins, wall hangings, body products, nutritious foods, plants in decorative containers, t-shirts, and unique, one-of-a-kind items.

The auction website states, “In the spirit of supporting Sterling College students as ecological thinkers and doers who go on to effect change regarding how humanity interacts with and has reverence for the natural world, the Craft of Sterling online auction features products, services, and acts of creative expression offered by Sterling alumni.”

The second annual auction was expanded and includes contributions from students, college employees, and local businesses.

To browse, bid or buy an item, see