Check Out 19th-Century DIY at Crafts of the Past

23 Jun

Drama plain and simple: Kelsey Sample’s “Punch & Judy” takes the stage at Crafts of the Past. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Throughout the summer months, Tacoma is Craft Fair Central, with our local artisans showing off their wares from July to September. This year, one program is digging deep into the annals of history for its arts-and-crafts offerings: thanks to grants from the Tacoma Arts Commission and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Fort Nisqually Foundation is presenting Crafts of the Past, a program showcasing master craftspersons working in 19th-century art forms such as Native American beadworking, banjo making, silver inlay, powder horn making, textile arts, Native American basketry and woodworking.

Textile artist Heather Kibbey. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

These fun, educational events are a part of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s summer programming. Come and explore the fascinating, authentic Nisqually fortress inside Pt. Defiance Park and get a glimpse of life in the Washington Territory during the fur-trade era. Visitors are invited to participate in hands-on activities – and get a feel for what it takes to produce a beautiful, functional work of art. Find more information here.

2012 CRAFTS OF THE PAST SCHEDULE
June 23-24  Judy Bridges, Native American Basketmaking
June 30 – July 1  Chuck Larsen, Native American Beadwork
July 7-8   Heather Kibbey and Mickey Pedersen, Spinning & Indigo Dying
July 14-15   John Salicco, Banjo making
July 21-22  Glenn Sutt, Wire Inlay/Horn making/Gunsmithing

Perfect pitch: Banjo maker John Salicco. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

July 28-29   7/28 Ray Baker; 7/29 John Simpkins, Blacksmithing
Aug. 4-5   Chuck Larsen, Native American Beadwork
Aug. 11-12   Kelsey Sample, Punch and Judy Puppetry (performances and workshops)
Aug. 18-19   Judy Bridges, Native American Basketmaking
Aug. 25-26   Mickey Pederson and Heather Kibbey, Textile Arts – Weaving and Spinning

Artist Glenn Sutt, master of powder horn craft and wire inlay. Photo courtesy of Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Sept. 1-2   Rich Repp, Horn Making and Scrimshaw

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