Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Darwin Kell

Darwin Kell, owner of Bent Pine Alpaca Farm, is today’s featured Fall into Fine Craft artisan.

Dana first day making felt at AFD

Darwin’s introduction to alpacas was a coincidence. Shortly after his retirement from a Fortune 500 company job, Darwin was helping his wife Doris, whose company, Med Pro, a small  private ambulance and wheelchair van service, provided first aid and emergency medical services for events, including ones at the Farm Show Complex . . .

What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working in it?

We were providing first aid care for another event at the Farm Show complex that coincided with the MaPaca show.  That Saturday morning in April changed our lives.  Doris had been at the complex for a while before I got there.  When I arrived she said excitedly, “Come look at the neat animals – they’re called ‘alpacas’!” Like my wife, I fell in love with them immediately. 

If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

Photography – I love capturing nature and animals in a format that can be preserved.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

To share our love of hand crafted alpaca fiber products, while developing a business opportunity for those less fortunate. 

Darwin is a font of information, knowledge, and lore about the alpaca, its place in the lives of the people of Peru, and its journey to other places in the world – including to Carlisle, PA.  You’ll enjoy talking with him!

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Darwin and his wife Doris at Machu Picchu

To find out more about Darwin and his alpacas before Fall into Fine Craft, visit http://www.bentpinealpacas.com/.


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