Sherrie is a spinner; she raises and sells rabbits, sews sunbonnets and is a wonderfully caring, friendly woman. Her husband, Steve, is a blacksmith.
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.
We have a foot-powered lathe, but I can’t remember the young man’s name. He was new last year.
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?”
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.
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!
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!
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!
Tyler (on top) and Jamie (on bottom)
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!!
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.
It was a COLD weekend but a wonderful one, just that same. You have a beautiful day.