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Meet the Masters: Inlay Artist Dave Nichols

Tune into the Nashville Network, the country music version of MTV, and check out some of the guitars played by the superstars. If there's a close-up, look at the inlay work on the fingerboard or on the pick guard. All of the customized work you see was done in a shop in Whippleville, a few miles south of Malone. Besides the custom work for Martin and Gibson Guitar companies Dave Nichols builds guitars and mandolins and happily teaches others to do so. Lamar Bliss has the story for Meet the Masters.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: A Medicine Walk in the Woods

Recent surveys show that more people use complementary and alternative medicine than ever before. Talk about acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy and herbal preparations fills popular magazines and television talk shows. For generations, the only medicines used by Mohawk healers came from their knowledge of the plants and animals they lived with. Varick Chittenden and Lamar Bliss spent a late afternoon exploring a woods near Akwesasne in Franklin county with one such healer.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Cecelia Mitchell, Medicine Woman

Her kids tell her they think she's a mountain goat. She just laughs and says she's built close to the ground. Being able to climb hills and scramble through brush allows Cecelia Mitchell to find the wild plants she uses for medicine. Lamar Bliss introduces us to this Mohawk elder from Akwesasne who is widely known as a healer and teacher.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Rustic Furniture Maker Tom Phillips

More than a hundred years ago when great camps were being built for families like the Rockefellers and the Durants, many of the furnishings were designed to bring the woods indoors. Chairs, tables, dressers and beds featured tree branches and limbs in their construction and twigs and bark were applied decoratively to the outside surfaces. The style was known as rustic or Adirondack. Today, prized antique pieces are displayed at museums and in lodges, where visitors are inspired to furnish their camps to evoke life in the woods. As Lamar Bliss reports, craftsmen like Tom Phillips of Tupper Lake now make a good living and practice an ancient art at the same time.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Quilter Genevieve Sutter

Quilting was long considered a salvage craft, with homemakers using scraps of fabric from old clothes and leftover material to create warm blankets and bedcovers. The quilts were colorful and well made and most quilters used traditional patterns learned from family and friends. Well, it's not your grandmothers' quilts anymore! Many of today's quilt makers use old patterns for inspiration, but don't let them get in the way of creative expression. Lamar Bliss visited the biennial Raquette River Quilters' show and also spoke with one of its founding spirits.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Earl Sprague and Ice Fishing

The village limits of Port Henry expand towards Vermont in the depths of winter to include scores of little fishing shelters that dot the thick ice surface of Bulwagga Bay. On weekends, local motels and restaurants are filled by winter fishermen. Sportsmen give a boost to the local economy, but 50 years ago, commercial fishing in the winter was common. Earl Sprague remembers when ice fishing provided pocket money for him, and a living for others. Varick Chittenden has this story.  Go to full article
Barb Klemens
Barb Klemens

Meet the Masters: Barbara Klemens and The Yarn Shop

For more than 50 years, Canton has been home to Barb Klemens and the Yarn Shop on Church Street. If you want to work with interesting yarns and need anything from needles to row markers or help with a button hole Barb's shop is the place to go. Lamar Bliss knows this from experience. 30 years ago she stopped in the shop for yarn in what was the first of many visits.  Go to full article
Martha Cooper photo
Martha Cooper photo

Meet the Masters: Storyteller Catherine Charron

Long before Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg, before videos and TVs, storytelling happened the old fashioned way; one person sat down with another and talked. Catherine Charron grew up near Lake Champlain in a household full of storytellers. Lamar Bliss reports for Traditional Arts in Upstate New York about Charron's family and where Catherine is telling stories now.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Harmonica Man Fred V. Higby

Fred V. Higby plays the harmonica. He figured out how to play when he was 10, played it all over Europe during World War II, and he still plays as often as he has the opportunity. It isn't simply playing the harmonica that he loves, it's performing. It's getting people excited about the music he plays, about making them feel happy. Music will do that. Just ask Fred. Lamar Bliss has this story.  Go to full article
Don Perkins was a recent visitor to the NCPR studio.
Don Perkins was a recent visitor to the NCPR studio.

Meet the Masters: The Perkins Family Band

Meet the Perkins Family from Plattsburgh. Lois Perkins is now in her 90s and has passed the love of music and dancing she gained from her father and her husband on to her children and grandchildren. The family band plays the fiddle music Lois loved as a child and lots of bluegrass tunes for festivals and other gatherings. Lamar Bliss introduces us to this musical family.  Go to full article

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