Artisans to become regular part of Heritage Farm
HUNTINGTON -- Tom Wolfe, a Huntington native now living in Colorado, has passed by Heritage Farm Museum and Village a number of times when he's back in the Tri-State. But he stopped by on Saturday with his daughter, Natasha, whose interest in crafts fit right in with part of what Heritage Farm has to offer.
"She loves working with her hands," Wolfe said Saturday during a Way Back Weekend event at Heritage Farm. "She's always been a crafty person. She loves to get her hands dirty. She has a small potter's wheel and has made some saucers and bowls."
Natasha had her eye on a much bigger potter's wheel being used Saturday by Milton potter Eric Pardue.
A handful of artists and crafters like Pardue will spend a lot more time at Heritage Farm after the former welcome center was converted to an artisan center, according to Mike Perry, Heritage Farm founder.
The artisans, including a printer, a woodworker, a potter, a cooper and tinsmith and a weaver, will spend one day a week and two Saturdays a month displaying their craftsmanship at Heritage Farm, Perry said.
Heritage Farm opened a new welcome center to allow for the opening of the artisan center. An artisan cafe and gift shop will be opening at Heritage Farm in the next few weeks, Perry said. The two-story, 35-by-79-foot welcome center has been open about three weeks.
Pardue took pottery classes in high school and was hooked. He has been doing it for more than 25 years. "The stuff I make here will stay here for sale," he said. The four pancake batter jars he made Saturday will be fired in a kiln at Heritage Farm in November, he said.
Jerill Vance of Culloden, a woodworker and a Tamarack artist, said he'll be among the artisans spending more time at Heritage Farm. He'll be demonstrating woodworking.
"My dad and my grandfather did it as a hobby," Vance said. "I've been doing it about 40 years. It's something I enjoy doing. Most of what I do is custom built."
Dave Milem, a Burlington, Ohio, resident who helped with a number of the rustic buildings at Heritage Farm, borrowed a hit-and-miss engine that was used to crank up some homemade vanilla ice cream. The 100-year-old engine sure beats having to make the ice cream by hand, Milem said.
Bob and Carrie Overmoyer of Milton cited the less-than-stifling weather as the reason they chose to visit Heritage Farm on Saturday. "This is perfect weather," she said. "I was here years ago. This is a beautiful gift the Perrys have given to the community and the area."
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