Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More pictures from Pepin

Here are some pictures of some of the people that were demonstrating at LIW days this past weekend.

Sherrie is a spinner; she raises and sells rabbits, sews sunbonnets and is a wonderfully caring, friendly woman. Her husband, Steve, is a blacksmith.


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Roger you have already met from the State Fair. He goes to Pepin and does his spring pole lathe bowls there as well as at the Fair. This is a better picture of the bowl side of his work.


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We have a foot-powered lathe, but I can’t remember the young man’s name. He was new last year.


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The flint napper is very skilled, but is another person who’s name escapes me.


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Tom D is a fine cabinetmaker – this weekend he decided to make “sheep hurdles” – the shepherds will put several of them on their backs, walk to where the sheep are and make a temporary pen for the sheep.


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His wife and daughter joined him for most of the weekend. The daughter is an adopted sweetie from China; she is only about 2 ½ but so very fluent. Mostly says “What you doing?”


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Then there is “the family”!!! These people are living the life that most of us dream about and plan for … Carla Lynne, you should meet them! They have land close to Pepin with goats, horses, bees, gardens, all kinds of things. Dad works outside the home but the rest work the farm. Mom said it wasn’t as close to self-sufficient as they would like, but they are close. Mom makes candles for her demo and sells them right off the drying rack. She also makes soap (I got a bunch of goats’ milk soap this time --- wonderful stuff).


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Dad, helping with candles

Oldest is Jamie – he is the goat man and wants to be a veterinarian. However, the cost is prohibitive, so he is teaching himself to be one (will never get licensed, but people are already coming to him for help).

Mellissa takes care of the garden and has a small heirloom seed business. We buy seeds from her when we need new ones that she carries. She purchased a rug loom that they carry to demos in the back of the pickup; she taught herself to weave – I helped her learn to warp. She sells rugs right off the loom and they sell like hotcakes.

Tyler is the horse man – he is always drooling over or critiquing any horses he comes across. He trains their horses and works them.

Ryan is his right hand man and is learning horsemanship along with Tyler. Ryan rides, Tyler drives the horses.

Aaron is learning woodworking – he sells walking sticks that he makes on the shave horse.
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Bethany, now 5, is a charmer. She wanders and smiles and tells stories (she told me that she was going to stay over Saturday night in the tent – or maybe in the motel. The boys laughed at that! And she fell asleep being carried by one of the boys before they went home.) She is actually starting to do some real work on the shave horse!


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Nathan is now 2 and is babbling but starting to make some sense.


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Mom and Nathan

This family is awesome. And really sweet people, all of them. They are simple, homespun people that have one foot in each way of life and are comfortable with how they live and work. I could write pages and pages about them but will stop, now!

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Melissa and Bethany


This weekend the boys had a pit saw set up to saw logs into planks. They worked all weekend with a new saw that needed to be sharpened and set quite often. Several of the others in our group came to try their hand at this skill. Norm did not, and I was watching him closely in case he wanted to try – his neck is not that good, yet!

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Tyler (on top) and Jamie (on bottom)

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I can’t forget Jasper … my bowl supplier! He has become a very close friend and I generally either order something special or pick something off the rack. I am addicted to his pottery!!

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Norm and I went to see the Ingalls’ reproduction cabin. It’s about 18’ by 20’ and they figure it’s pretty close to accurate. The local quilt group had a quilt show for the weekend; we met some of them and got our picture taken by the door of the cabin because we “belonged.” It is not in the actual location, as historians have not actually found that – but this one is in a convenient place for tourists to come see.

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It was a COLD weekend but a wonderful one, just that same. You have a beautiful day.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aunt Connie, I do enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures. I was sewing Barbie Doll dresses for the Bazaar last night and was thinking of you and all the Barbie dresses you made for my dolls when I was little. (We still have all of them, of course, now Sydney and Taylor get to play with them.) Have also been doing some crochet for the bazaar, will see how much I can get done before I head up there this weekend for the wedding, so I can take it along with me instead of mail it up later. The KOTA forecast says only a high of 45 on Sunday, so tell Uncle Norman to bring warm clothes if he still plans on heading out that way!

Your niece, Glenda

happyowl said...

spinning grandma,
someday I would love to visit your festivals, they are so cool and look like so much fun!

Brightest blessings

Heather

Anonymous said...

I think other dogs must think Peanut has won the doggy version of the lottery!!!

Love the last pic.

xx

Fran

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The Unusually Unsual Farmchick said...

How I love to readof your adventures and people of your festivals. Maybe someday Heather & I will both get to experience the adventure too. (a future meet up maybe?)
~Tammie

Kati said...

LOL Love this last pic of you & your new pup, snuggling & spinning. I love looking at these pictures and it makes me somewhat envious as we don't have anything like that up here. I've always wanted to learn some of those older crafts, and always had an interest in history. Ahhh, anyway, thanks for sharing all the lovely pictures!!!!

Grandma Rosie said...

Wow, what a wonderful time you must have had. I really envy you all your travels and the great things you see and do. Keep those pictures coming!