My father has been making treenware for 30+ years and I have been apprenticing with him and hope to keep the art of spoon carving alive. I enjoy creating functional wooden utensils like those that have been in use for thousands of years. I mostly use cherry wood, but also enjoy working with others such as apple, apricot, ambrosia maple, sumac and osage, anticipating the finished product.
Functional kitchen art. My hand carved food safe wooden spoons, spatulas, scoops, knives, and other assorted spice and eating spoons are crafted using only an Axe, straight carving knife, and a hooked spoon knife. I use fresh felled greenwood including black walnut, oak, apple, pear, birch, maple, among others. My items are simple, functional, original (no two alike, no templates), and beautiful.
For kids: Kids can use stamps and stickers and make their own ornament using wood cookies and ribbon thru a pre-drilled hole. Free of charge — and we’ll have a dedicated kids table for them to work at with all the supplies! Look for the chalk board sign that says, “Discover The Artist In You.”
I am a full time Traditional Basket Maker, living in an old farmhouse in New England. I have been a Traditional Basket Maker for over 35 years. My baskets are made by hand, the old way, from White Ash trees. I believe Basket Making is a craft worth preserving. To be able to use a few simple tools and transform a tree into useful, beautiful baskets, is a worthy pursuit. It is part of our cultural heritage, from a time when baskets were an essential part of rural life. This knowledge needs to be preserved for future generations. By making baskets daily, as a professional tradesman, I have dedicated my life to this simple task.
Made entirely by hand, and of wood from a living tree, my baskets are built to be used and to last. I want these baskets to live for hundreds of years in the homes of people who love and cherish them.
My life as a Traditional Basket Maker is a simple, gentle life.
My baskets are made with a deep Love and Reverence for Beauty and Spirit of Nature.
After working 40 years as a graphic designer, and a lover of history, wood working and folk art, I am now re-creating historic trade and tavern signs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Most signs are based on an historic hotel, tavern or trade from the craftsmen of early America. I say “historic”because I research actual businesses and tradesmen from that era. Of course I use artistic license with each sign, and although some signs are not based on an actual business or trade, I work to use the same principles the early sign makers used . With an extensive background in art, lettering and typography, all my signs are hand painted and hand-lettered. Each sign is unique and hand-crafted, using a combination of paints, oils, and NO stencils.
Working over wooden molds, in the method of the Shakers, my baskets are traditional in shape and materials. I weave both Shaker reproductions in ash and traditional, utilitarian baskets of reed. Native hardwoods such as ash and oak are used to make the rims and handles, and all of my baskets are lashed using ash. Each basket takes on its own character as it is woven in a quadrifoil, twill or fancy lace pattern to appeal to both eye and touch.
My bowls are hand hewn from a single piece of Midwestern hardwood using a traditional bowl adze. They are finished with a food safe mineral oil/beeswax mixture.
Barb Wagaman-Donough and Bob Donough design and create wooden game boards in Lancaster Co. Pa. Ridge Hollow Game Boards began in 1986, due to both an interest in playing game boards and a passion for the history and design of antique game boards.
Barb earned a BA degree in Fine Arts/Design in 1977. Her painting is greatly influenced by her Pennsylvania German heritage. Bob is a skilled stone mason and wood worker and appreciates the craftsmanship of colonial game boards.
Each board is handcrafted and hand-painted on wood, using milk paints, acrylics or oils. The game is antiqued and varnished. Antique reproductions represent those that were simple and homemade and others by skilled carriage and sign makers Folk art designs are Barb’s original designs.
Demonstrations include painting of a game board and the history of board games, particularly those played in colonial America. Clay marbles can be made and one or more games are set up for children of all ages to play.
Weathervanes, whirligigs and trade signs are as varied as the subject matter they represent. One hundred plus year old heart pine salvaged from out buildings and barns built during the 19th century from the upstate New York area are used in creating my work. I also incorporate antique copper, tin and iron into my work. I use chisels, draw knives, handsaws and carving knives to handcraft my pieces. Buttermilk paint, which was widely used in early America after 1800, is the most accurate historical choice for completing my objects. The rural folk artist would craft paint from various milk derivatives and a combination of earthen ingredients resulting in paint adaptable to use on their handcrafted weathervanes, whirligigs and trade signs. In my painting style, I try to reproduce an as-found original interpretation of the object by applying the buttermilk paint in numerous layers and then using techniques to age the finish and cause discoloration.