You know you’re getting close…
When you see this little yurt. After Jogge’s class, a small group of friends made a special trip out to Bill Coperthwaite’s place called Dickinsons Reach in Maine. If you aren’t familiar with Bill’s work, his book A Handmade Life is one of my favorite pieces of inspiration. But Bill was more complicated than a book of course.
It’s a nice long walk through the woods to his place, and once you’re there, you have a lot to see.
In this case, the connections were a big part of what interested me. It was Bill who connected Jogge’s father, Wille Sundqvist, with Drew and Louise Langsner back in the mid-1970s. That eventually gave the Langsners the idea of starting a series of workshops in woodworking that continue to this day as Country Workshops. www.countryworkshops.org
Our semi-host was Peter Lamb who worked closely with Bill for many years, so knew the ins & outs of the place far better than any of the rest of us. I had visited a few times, Drew had been there once, over 35 years ago.
We poked around a bit, Jogge & Louise fixed an excellent supper, and the next day we explored around, talked of crafts, Bill, the various connections and ideas that were floating around. It was quite a time. some photos:
This one I stole from Jogge (sorry…) – a pattern Bill made of one of Wille’s spoons. It’s not really the best way to make a spoon, but Bill was trying to record some of the features…
I went out & walked for 2 hours the next morning.
Showed Jogge this great birch bark bucket…lashed in bark too.
Little things like this carved bird really caught my eye. Simple and beautiful.
I saw lots of birds outside, but only photographed these two in the main yurt. This bowl is from Siberia.
This shave is for hollowing bowls. Jogge thought it was Swedish.
I know these knives were some of Bill’s favorite forms. Not sure if these are from his Alaska travels or not…
Masashi Kutsuwa, Follansbee, Drew Langsner, Jogge Sundqvist, Peter Lamb. Louise was out looking for somewhere to swim.
a previous post about Bill: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/thanks-bill/
Tim Manney’s Instagram feed had some good photos he shot out there recently. https://instagram.com/tim.manney/