Good Evening Friends!
Jay and I took a road trip up to the Conrad Weiser Homestead today. We dropped off the first round of spoons for sale. We got up there just as they were setting up for an event. I got some lovely photos of the grounds (again) and got to say hi to some good friends!
Jay decided to take up 6 spoons, 1 each of red oak, black walnut, maple, birch and 2 cherry spoons. We made a 5 spoon display so they were able to keep one back for one others sell. The wood is all local wood except for the birch - that is straight from Maine! Anyways, we took 6 and set them up all pretty. Spent a few more moments looking at trees, and the scenery then decided to go antiquing.
We were told of 3 new places, so we decided to travel to them. One was closed (insert sad face) one we found a nice Draw Knife for Jay and the last one was nice but we left with no new toys.
We got home and spoke with Lynn who told us that 2 of the spoons we had taken up had already found a new home! We hope that the spoons bring joy and peace to each person who uses them. We heard that one is on its way to Utah!
I will add photos when I can...they are stuck on my phone for the time being!
Have a good evening!
Jay and Leigh Ann
Good evening dear friends!
Today Jay received a wonderful email! It was from the Conrad Weiser Homestead and they asked if we would consider adding spoons to their gift shop. It is very humbling to be asked to make spoons, (or anything for that matter!) for a historic site!
Jay and I talked and feel that this is a GREAT opportunity for both you and us, as it gives us a way to get beautiful spoons into your hands. It will also offer you a place to pick just the right one for you! Shape, texture and the overall look are all things that are hard to show in a picture. If you pick mugs, and fabric based on touch, you will understand and appreciate being able to touch, look at and even smell the spoons to pick just the right one. By selling at the homestead we will also have more time to set up an online store.
We plan on starting small, with a limited number available. Each one is hand made with tools that are authentic to the 18th Century. We do not have all the details finalized but wanted to share our exciting news with you! So be on the look out for more information... and once they are at The Conrad Weiser Homestead we will spread the word!
Leigh Ann and Jay
Jay and I had a total blast at the homestead today. We got there early and were able to enjoy a stop for breakfast, and an easy set up (Thanks Brian! You were a great help!) Then we were able to take in the lovely setting. We have been going to the homestead for several years, but this was the first time we got to walk the grounds. It was enchanting and romantic - a great location for a nice family picnic or wedding.
See! It is beautiful! The crafts/trades people were set up in the rear of the house. It was nice, there were several interpreters: a tavern, a shingle maker, a carpenter (hewing HUGE logs in moccasins) a basket weaver, gunsmith and lots more! Jay and I were set up near the main entrance and we got so busy that we did not make it to all the areas - we missed the barn completely! :(
The hosts, Lynn and Kim Otto were wonderful, they helped set up, provided a great lunch and then helped to tear down with everyone. - A BIG thanks to both of them and all the volunteers that helped to make today fun and successful!
Here are some photos that Jay and I took during the day. If you have some from the event we would love to see them! Tag Stone House History on Facebook or Jay or myself!
Jay and I are going to prep tomorrow for an event on Sunday up in Berks County. A little known gem, The Conrad Weiser Homestead. It has all the beauty of an estate, but its a stone house - like ours - built in the 1700's. There is a spring kitchen, outbuildings and even a pond! If you need quills for your letter writing, you can find the feathers there.
They are hosting a Colonial Craft Day and will be featuring several great people interpreting many trades/crafts of the 18th Century. Some of the people have portrayed blacksmiths, gunsmiths, horners, weavers and of course tools. Last year, at this event they even had a cobbler!
This is a rain or shine event, as they will open the big barn on the property for all the craft/trade tables.
They are also having an event Saturday. It is called Forest Diplomacy, and will feature many Native Americans. I hope to get a lot of new pictures to show off of the beautiful property and all the great trades people, when we visit on Sunday.
Do you have plans this weekend? What are they, Jay and I would love to know whats going on! Put your comment at the bottom of the post!