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Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe
Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe

In a cozy corner in Waddington on a cold day

So, how do you cope with cold weather? A brisk walk outdoors, or indoors with a good book? Earlier this week, Todd Moe stopped by the library in Waddington, along the St. Lawrence River, but not to find a book.

Nearly every Tuesday afternoon, regardless of the weather, a few fiber artists gather at the library. It's informal. You'll find them in the Reading Room, surrounded by books, local heirlooms and their knitting, crocheting and embroidery projects.

It seemed like a cozy idea -- working with warm wool while the outdoor thermometer hovered below zero. But, the four women Todd met said they really don't mind winter -- a sunny window, in a cozy corner on a cold afternoon is just right.  Go to full article

Wreath-making 101

Amy Ivy offers a how-to for making fresh wreaths and garlands.  Go to full article
Teri Ann Ryerson
Teri Ann Ryerson

Tis the season...

This time of year craft fairs seem to be everywhere--as sellers court buyers searching for decorations and gifts. It's a seasonal business with no guarantee of profits, as Lucy Martin learned, speaking with an artist braving the cold Saturday, at Watson's Mill, in Manotick, Ontario.  Go to full article
Hundreds of treasures were hidden behind this gate
Hundreds of treasures were hidden behind this gate

Historic Follensby auction draws hundreds to Tupper Lake

You never really know what the North Country's big events of the summer will be. This year, hands down, the attention grabbers were a couple of big auctions. Fox Island, near Cape Vincent, sold over the weekend for $3.78 million to New Jersey resident Vance Wilson. In Tupper Lake, more than four hundred buyers turned out for the sale of antiques and other treasures from Follensby Park, one of the Adirondacks' most extravagant, private great camps. Brian Mann joined the crowd on Saturday and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Peggy Bakker
Peggy Bakker

Rural Ontario market offers global crafts and culture

What if your family could combine a love of travel with a knack for shopping, and turn it all into a big, shared adventure? That's the attraction of "The Third World Bazaar," a popular fall happening outside of urban Ottawa. Pegger Bakker, her husband Dick, and their two teens tend their bazaar in an unheated barn that's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. All four Bakkers travel extensively on buying trips. They make a point of getting to know their suppliers, to practice something called "Fair Trade." They regroup in the fall, selling their harvest of global crafts and culture for just six weekends in October and November. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: cranking up an antique engine

Clayton's Antique Boat Show and Auction kicks off today and runs through the weekend. Scattered across the North Country are boatshops that do the big work and art of renovating classic antique crafts. It's not only the boats that are old. The engines are too. A 1912 "Wisconsin" is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Open Studio (full program)

Debut broadcast of NCPR's new monthly regional arts program. Todd Moe hosts. Live music with Piquant; an Adirondack arts activist takes lessons to Russia; hooked picture rugs that detail life along the St. Lawrence River; new music from flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauksi; Vermont poet David Budbill on tour with jazz musicians Hamid Drake and William Parker, and much more.  Go to full article
<i>Boat House</i>, one of the hooked rugs on display at TAUNY
Boat House, one of the hooked rugs on display at TAUNY

Calling All Hookers...

Hooked rug enthusiasts are invited to bring contemporary and traditional hooked rugs to Traditional Arts in Upstate New York's "Hooked Rug Show & Tell" tomorrow. Hookers and non-hookers alike can share stories and examples of rugs and hooking experiences. Jill Breit is program director at TAUNY. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
"Hosta" -- one of the art blocks on display
"Hosta" -- one of the art blocks on display

Handweaving Museum Launches Community Art Project

The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center in Clayton is sponsoring a fundraising campaign that asks artists to turn wooden squares into art. Todd Moe talks with Executive Director Beth Colello about the "Building Blocks" exhibit.  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

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