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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Len Baer

Well, folks, this is the final Artisan Spotlight for Fall into Fine Craft 2015 and it’s only fitting that it shines on this year’s show chairman, woodturner Len Baer.


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

I have always enjoyed working with wood as a hobbyist. Several years ago I saw someone at an arts festival making wooden boxes on a lathe. I started to research lathes and bought one shortly after that. I find working with wood very relaxing, and it is amazing how something so beautiful can be extracted from a large piece of wood. Learning about all the different types of wood – which ones cut the smoothest and which ones offer the most character – is another fascinating part of turning bowls.


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

If I had to choose a different medium to work in it would probably be photo art. My roommate for 2 years, when I was stationed in Ethiopia, was the base photographer. I learned some photo tricks from him that are fun to work with. We used black and white prints and some color slides of nature shots over there.

What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

What I’m looking forward to at Fall Into Fine Craft, is having a really successful show. As this year’s show chair, I am especially proud of the increase in the number and variety of artisans and work we will be offering to the members of our community.


Find out more about Len at https://www.facebook.com/Baers-Woodturnings-362426857196390/.

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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Bob Triplett

The Spotlight’s on member Bob Triplett, today. Those of you who know him will agree that it’s good to have a spotlight on him – to be sure we know what he’s up to – Bob’s quite a character!

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

I made my first carving in 1949, when I was nine years old.

Bob Triplett started carving for the same reason many of us pick up a hobby – the materials were readily available and inexpensive. What he’s done with that simple hobby is just spectacular. Bob’s been featured in myriad carving magazines, including being featured on the cover of several. His work is widely collected by those who appreciate his keen eye and delicate hand.

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

I like to paint in oils. It’s something I’ve done for many years. If I were younger, I’d like to do iron work.

What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

Visiting with the people who enjoy my work.

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Bob’s an interesting man, a fine artist, and we’re delighted to have him, once again, at Fall into Fine Craft!

Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Deb Becker

We’re happy to say that member Deb Becker, Wood’n Glass, is returning to Fall into Fine Craft, with her beautiful and unique work.


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

I work in a mixed media – wood and glass. I initially started in wood working. I love holding a piece of wood in my hands and recognizing where it came from and then seeing a work of art in it. When I started adding stained glass to my wood pieces, I discovered that I loved working with glass too. I love the colors in stained glass, and I enjoy the challenge of finding a “landscape” hidden in the colors and patterns of a sheet of glass. I’ve found a way to combine these two very different media which is still evolving.


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

I would like to do more photography. In fact I am trying to find a way to incorporate some of my photos into my work.

What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

Being in the company of some very talented and creative artists!

We’re surely looking forward to your company, and your beautiful work, Deb!

To preview more of Deb’s work, visit her website www.woodnglass2.com and be sure to meet her in person at Fall into Fine Craft!


Welcome to our 2014 Fall Into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight series. Our first featured artist in this year’s line-up is Clare Miller.

As a middle school art teacher, art and inspiring others to be artists are pretty much part of my life. I work in many mediums but wood is my love.Clare at work

miller lifted from ybc galleryClare salvages wood – panels from old wooden doors, discarded cabinet doors, for example, that would otherwise be considered garbage – to use as her canvas. After refinishing, if it’s needed, she carves her original images onto their surface.  I feel that I’m giving back to Mother Nature by salvaging her old wood in honor of her trees.

Her choice of raw materials – discarded pieces of wood previously used in construction – and her talent for finding and coaxing beauty from chipped paint layers assure that each of Clare’s works are one-of-a-kind. She delights in revealing the layers of paint in some of the old pieces of wood, using the personality of the reclaimed surface to its best advantage.Miller 2







Clare accepts commission clients and will be happy to create a piece that is perfect for your home or for a lucky person on your gift list.

Clare will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar today!  You can see more of Clare’s work on our Gallery page at www.ybcrafts.org and at  www.etsy.com/shop/artbyclare


Member Monday – Dave Bowman

Today’s Member Monday features Dave Bowman, a woodworker who turns ‘sentimental’ pieces of wood into fantastic dolls.

Tell us a little bit about your creative process, how do you make your work, where do you get your ideas ?  

When I acquire a piece of salvaged lumber, such as from Williams Grove Amusement Park,  I create a doll that reflects that theme, such a the Giraffe doll modeled after one of the original carousel animals.







What makes your work special, why should people want to come and see your work?  

In addition  to selling dolls that I have created, I also make custom dolls as a way for the client to have a tangible memory of an old house, barn or a favorite tree that was felled in a storm.








Anything else that you want to share?

Interested individuals can visit my website at www.salvagedolls.com  to see examples and link to videos describing the process.








Dave will be one of the artists at our Fall Into Fine Craft Show on October 27 & 28, 2012 at the Carlisle Expo Center.