Woodworker Dave, who makes exquisite wooden boxes and chests and shelves. His main demonstration is dovetail joints. He was bored this weekend, so made a box with random joints – he was going to cut the joints off and start over another time, but Norm traded spatulas for the box, since Norm fell in love with the uniqueness of it. I said a unique box needed to store unique things and should have “Unique” painted on the side.
Potter Jasper has a wheel along and makes pots while talking. He said he could do it with his eyes closed but I never saw him do it; however I believe him, as he looks at his crowd of visitors while working. I am collecting pottery from him. I have gotten a special color for my pots – he calls it the “Tim glaze,” if I remember right. Every time we get together, I have gotten something from him. I got a small pot, this time, to make a miniature butter churn. I then ordered a pot to hang on the wheel for my flax water. And ordered some “plowls” – his word for a plate that has a lip like a bowl – a larger bowl for eating when you take your bowl (or plate) to someone’s tent for supper. Jasper is wonderful with children and spends a long time with them if they are truly interested in his craft.
Blacksmith Tom is known world-wide. He is an artist and can make wonderful things from a piece of iron. This weekend, he was working on a decorative piece for the Museum, to go on a door. Tom was the one who started the idea of the Traditional crafts at Decorah. He has been working with Vesterheim for years. Last year, we were invited to join on Tom’s suggestion. Tom also started the Traditional crafts at Pepin, Wisconsin, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Wilder’s birth place. We were invited to join him several years ago and go every year on the LIW celebration days.
Scott does knives and has some beautiful knives to show. The handles are generally of antler.
We missed the family that normally comes – they are homesteaders to the max! They live near Pepin, WI, and come to the Pepin festival; last year was their first at Decorah, too. I will make sure I have pictures of them when we do the Pepin fest. They have a farm where they raise most of their food for animals and people. They do not depend too much on buying from stores. I should ask them if they’ve ever been to a Wal-Mart?
Our beds were comfortable, but that was the only thing comfortable about sleeping this weekend. We had heat, of course – but Norm had brought along a fan and Jasper had extra lengths of cord so he and we ran extension cords from behind his tent to his fan and then across the square to our tent. The fans made a little bit of a stir of air when there was no air. And it cooled off about 3:00 each night. But the noise – traffic, street sweepers, garbage trucks, delivery vans, sirens! None of us live in highly congested areas so noise is not something any of us are used to. Friday night, also, there was a rock band that played until about 1:00. They made up with noise for the lack of talent they had. It echoed and boomed all through the tents and our heads. If it was loud for us, how did the audience survive that noise? No wonder people are going deaf at earlier ages!
Sunday we headed home, but that’s another story for tomorrow. It looks to be a beautiful (hot) day today – you have a beautiful (cool) day!