Art auction to benefit Juniata County Library

MIFFLINTOWN – Master cabinetmaker Jeff Saylor, of Mifflintown, presented the Friends of the Juniata County Library with the first donation for the Friends’ Art Sale and Wine Tasting to be held Oct. 4 at the Juniata Valley Winery in Walnut.

Saylor, a graduate of Millersville University who taught industrial arts at Juniata High School for 35 years, donated a red Bible box he constructed from poplar, a replica of an 18th century box matching one owned by Jimmy Carter.

Since his retirement from teaching in 2009, Saylor, a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, specializes in building-and selling-18th century reproductions. He uses actual museum pieces as models and recently crafted a tea table like one that sold in Sotheby’s for $8.4 million.

Saylor’s Bible box will be on display in the library in August. More of Saylor’s work can be seen at Squire Brown’s in Milroy.

The Friends of the Juniata County Library invite the public to their first ever art sale.

Saylor is one of 25 artists and craftspeople whose work will be auctioned.

The wine tasting and entertainment featuring D.J. Curt Kauffman, The Boyz, and the Strung Out Dulcimers, will begin at 1 p.m.

The live auction with auctioneer Steve McLaughlin will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets at $25 per person. Information about the event can be downloaded at

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Juniata County Library.