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Meet Your Makers: Hands-on in Hastings County

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There are a lot of makers in Hastings County.

Artisans who work with wood, glass, metal, and other materials abound in our county.  These people make things with their hands, often using traditional methods. They love what they do, and their craftsmanship is impressive.

Many makers have on-line shops, Facebook pages, or links with local art shops, so ordering is an easy and efficient way to support our crafty craftspeople during COVID-19. And of course, all items make for great gifts for any occasion – or you could treat yourself – because supporting local makers supports our communities.

Baskets, Fibre Art, & Soap

The Art Gallery of Bancroft features the work of Anne Garwood-Roney, who makes fibre collages.

Marlbank resident, Naneen Tyner, has kept busy during COVID making and posting her attractive and practical vessels, from apple baskets to wine baskets to leather-trimmed backpacks.

Rachel Conlin who calls herself a “Wool Artist” on Instagram, lives and creates on her farm near Chandos lake. She also makes artisanal soaps which ‘incorporate her sheep’s pure wool’.

Metal & Jewellery

Shawn Donnan, owner of Horizon Metal Works, is well known for his CANADA150 fire globe. Donnan works full-time in his workshop located in the Oak Hills area. He fashions metal wall hangings and globes.

Wendy Taxis’s amazingly intricate wire sculptures can be found on her site,  Wired by Wendy. Taxis works with wire, a skill set she developed after moving to the Bancroft area. Her work can be found in the Art Gallery of Bancroft and A Place for the Arts, as well as other shops.

Lucie Kovarova-Weir, who lives in Tweed, markets her original jewellery on Etsy (Lunacy Glass), as well as her website, Lunacy Glass. She makes bracelets, earrings, necklaces that are truly original.

Michelle Bruce, who resides near Maynooth, makes stunning handmade copper, sterling and brass jewellery. You can find her work at Wired Gems,

Stained Glass

 Margot Merritt lives in Maynooth and has been creating stained glass art for 30 years.

Likewise, Lynda Pauk has also been working with glass for more than 30 years. She lives near Plainfield, and her work is featured in the Quinte Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop.  

Kathy Robichaud’s stained glass work can be found at the Art Gallery of Bancroft. Robichaud “looks to nature” for her inspiration at Chandos Lake.

Woodwork

Casey Grenier owns and operates Forgotten Simplicities near Marmora. Grenier makes all manner of wooden things from themed cribbage boards to signs.

Generations Carpentry, located north of Tweed, is also all about wood. They make cutting boards, wooden spoons, carvings and more.

The North Fence makes one-of a-kind, hand-turned wood pens from wood that is locally sourced on their property near Tweed. Engraving and gift boxes are also available.

Rene and Elaine Butikofer are wood artists who create hand-turned bowls. Their work can be found at A Place for the Arts, Bancroft in Bancroft.

John Olesen, a wood turner who lives in L’Amable, has been crafting wood bowls and other turned items for 30 years. Olesen uses locally sourced wood, as well as exotic woods.

Jacques Deslaurier, who lives on Chandos Lake, makes all manner of wood items – from clocks to cutting boards – using locally salvaged wood.

So why not “meet your maker” and support the creative efforts of Hastings County’s artisans.

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