Exploring Kentucky Crafts

The EAIA 2016 Annual Meeting is going strong this week at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Harrodsburg Kentucky. The village has sold out along with some additional folks staying at local hotels. After 5pm when the museum closes to the public we call it EAIA village as we see members strolling around the village, making new friends and catching up with old friends.

Curved staircase in the Trustee's Building at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Harrodsburg KY
Curved staircase in the Trustee’s Building at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village in Harrodsburg KY

We’ve been having a blast exploring the exceptional craftsmanship in the buildings and many artifacts on site.

Broom making workshop
Broom making workshop

We also had a broom making workshop, stone wall building, shaker spirit drawing, her bag making and many other opportunities to try our hands at a new craft.

Panoramic view from one of the greens in the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
Panoramic view from one of the greens in the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

In addition to the events on site, I wanted to note there are more opportunities to explore crafts and meet craftsmen and women in the area. My friend Chris Schwarz, who you may remember from the 2013 annual meeting when he gave a talk on tool chests is opening up his storefront/shop this Sunday May 22nd from 10am-4pm.

Chris Schwarz and Bill Rainford at the EAIA 2013 Annual Meeting on Cape Cod
Chris Schwarz and Bill Rainford at the EAIA 2013 Annual Meeting on Cape Cod

Chris’ shop is located at 837 Willard St., Covington, KY 41017 which is about 110 miles north of the Shaker Village in Covington Kentucky which is in the greater Cincinnati area and on the way home for many EAIA folks. Chris is working on a Danish Modern chest of drawers in some incredible curly oak and will have that on the bench – not to mention his Lost Art Press books, T-shirts, posters, stickers and tins of Katy’s soft wax (The Anarchist’s Daughter).

If you are looking for a reason to tempt your spouse to make the trip, dangle Otto’s brunch before them. The Benedict Otto’s with a side of goetta is something I dream about. Get there early – it fills up. If you get closed out there, try the brunch across the street at Main Bite. Or at Keystone a few blocks away.

Chris is a skilled woodworker, author and blogger and all around nice guy and well worth the visit. I’ll be there along with a few friends. You can learn more about Chris, his work and the shop here on his blog.

Front door of the Trustee's building
Front door of the Trustee’s building

Beyond the workshops it has been a lot of fun to wander around the village and farm.

Dwelling House

The photos in this post are just a few from my phone, when I get home I’ll post some better pics from my camera.

Center Family Dwelling at Pleasant Hill
Center Family Dwelling at Pleasant Hill

If you have more photos you’d like to share and show on the site, please email me (Bill Rainford), John Verrill, Pat Lasswell or Paul VanPernis and we’ll get them up on the website.

Whatsis Session
Whatsis Session

The Ice Cream Social and Whatsis session last night was popular as always.

More of the Village
More of the Village

Today folks are preparing for the tool auction. Tomorrow we’ll have more talks, tool trading, displays, the silent auction and the dinner banquet. It’s going to be a busy weekend.

Take care,

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