Area Museum Association
The Tenth Annual Heritage Days at the Depot
Presenting traditions of the past to preserve their legacy
for future generations
Heritage Days at the Depot
October 5, 2013
On the greenspace surrounding the
Historic Belton Train Depot
A Certified SC Arts and AgriCulture Event
Ever wanted to
carve a duck decoy? Thought about making your own soap?
Interested in shooting a long rifle? How about making paper cut
outs that look like pictures? These skills and more await you when
you visit Heritage Days at the Depot this year as part of the
Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival, Oct. 5, held on the city
square from 10 AM - 4 PM.
"Since this event
draws upon the vital connection between agriculture and the arts,
Heritage Days was an obvious choice," said Arts Commission
Coordinator Rusty Sox.
Heritage Days at the Depot 2013
The Artisans/Historical Interpreters
Presenting traditions of the past to preserve their legacy for future generations
Rediscover the artisanship and craftsmanship of our forefathers at the 9th Annual Heritage Days at the Depot, on the green space of the Historic Belton Train Depot, October 3 – 5, 2013.
This award- winning living history event showcases the talents of fifteen folk skills artisans who offer presentations and hands-on demonstrations of their crafts.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy traditions passed down from generation to generation as our artisans offer a glimpse of 18th and 19th century folkways.
Tent 1 Broom Maker, Randy King
Broom making is a traditional craft practiced by only a handful of people in South Carolina. Randy King learned to make brooms by apprenticing with renowned broom squire Jim Harmon of the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Having purchased his 19th century equipment from Mr. Harmon, Randy relocated to Pelzer, SC, where he mills corn and sews handmade brooms. In addition to the Shaker style, Randy will also demonstrate the Appalachian style broom.
Tent 2 Basket Weaver, Michael Blake
native SC hardwoods such as pine, red oak, white oak, and walnut,
self taught basket weaver Michael Blake crafts baskets just like our
pioneer ancestors did to form age old patterns, styles, and shapes
of baskets to serve many different uses.
Tent 3 Wheelwright, Scott Beam
Scott Beam is a wheelwright, a tradesman who makes wheels for carts and wagons. He first constructs the hub, the spokes and the rim/felloe segments and assembles them all into a unit working from the center of the wheel outwards. The wheels are made from wood and he custom fits the solid iron tyres to the wheels, which are measured to ensure proper fit. Woodworker, blacksmith, carver, and engineer, Scott Beam produces a necessary tool that is also a beautiful craft.
Tent 4 Saddler, Gary Poovey
Using historical tools such as a pritchart wheel, awl, needle, linen thread, bees wax, scissors, and stamping tools, Gary Poovey will focus on saddle making and other leather items such as bracelets, canteens and hunting bags. With influence of leather crafter Billy Brown, Poovey began custom stamping and carving special order leather products, which gives an artistic element to his saddles and bridles. From the design ideas to the transformation into leather, watch Gary produce an art piece built for rugged use that is beautiful enough to be in a showcase.
Tent 5 Decoy Carver, Tom Boozer
Tom Boozer is a renowned carver of duck decoys, a craft known as one of the oldest American folk arts. Early Native Americans made decoys out of reeds, grasses and natural dyes and the American Colonists learned the concept and used metal hand tools to craft decoys of wood. Today, Tom carves traditional wooden decoys using only hand tools, a technique that makes him both artisan and historian.
Tent 6 Native American Finger Weaver, Karen George
Besides being great potters, carvers, bead workers, and basket creators, Cherokee artists are also makers of finger woven belts, sashes, and garters. Using colorful wool yarn, the Cherokee weave intricate designs in the past. Even though manmade fibers are used in weaving now, the techniques which have been passed down from generation to generation make the designs truly Cherokee. Oconoluftee Village artisan/historian Karen George is proud to share her history and culture with visitors by sharing in this timeless craft.
Tent 7 Scherenschnitte Artist, Linda Bell
The art of paper cutting to produce visual masterpieces will be exhibited by Scherenschnitte artist Linda Bell. This art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 1500’s and was brought to Colonial America in the 1700’s by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Bell will teach visitors how to master simple designs.
Tent 8 Soap Maker, Karen Cox
These days we have a different kind of soap to clean just about everything--laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo and more. But our ancestors relied heavily on only one kind of cleaning agent: lye soap. Karen Cox, a costumed interpreter since 1998 who has worked at Historic Brattonsville for the past 5 years, has been recreating the soap of the past. Come make a few vintage bars of soap together.
Tent 9 Chair Caner, Willie Van Brailey
Winner of the 2011 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, Willie Van Brailey of Orangeburg grew up watching his mother Marie repair and create caning for chairs. Brailey became the first male to work seriously in the tradition in 1979, and he expanded on what his mother taught him. He has developed 11 new designs using various forms of math and geometry to make his work more precise and symmetrical. The high quality of his work and the attention to detail has long been recognized by antique dealers and collectors throughout the region. Learn this craft from a master!
Tent 10 Lace Maker, Barbara Vanselow
After seeing a demonstration of Bobbin Lace in 1985, Barbara Vanselow knew this was something she had to learn, so she traveled to the Kantcentrum in Brugge, Belgium, to perfect her skills. Since 1998, she has taught classes and given workshops in NY, FL, TN, NC and SC and has sold lace as commissioned. A member of the International Organization of Lace, Inc. , her goal is to promote interest in Bobbin Lace and to educate people in the skill of lace making.
Tent 11 Slave Storyteller, Kitty Wilson Evans
Nationally renowned living history interpreter, Kitty Wilson-Evans will share the history of the African-American culture through stories she has gathered from descendents throughout the Southeast. She will take audiences back to plantation days by involving them in storytelling, singing, and dancing, and re-creating what life was like for slaves in the upstate.
Tent 12 Native American Jeweler, Joy Evans
Joy Spirit Hawk Evans has always loved the beauty of Indian jewelry and knew this was something she wanted to create. She designs, cuts, shapes, files, solders, handhammers and polishes each piece of jewelry in the old Southwest Indian way, a very unique and original manner. No two pieces are ever exactly alike. Using the earth elements (pewter, copper, and trade silver along with the rocks and gems dug from the Blue Ridge Mountains) , she handcrafts wearable art.
Tent 13 Gunsmith, Don Bruton
The rifle, knife, and tomahawk were the pioneer’s best friend, providing meat and protection in a harsh and perilous frontier. Steeped in the history and tradition of the “tools of the survival trade,” weapons expert Don Bruton will showcase his vast knowledge of the weapons of war, demonstrate the process of creating a long arm from wood and metal, and help us learn the ways of the wilderness hunter and soldier.
Tent 14 Backcountry Woodsman, Bob Perry
Portraying a mid 1750 to 1785 backwoodsman in the backcountry of Georgia and the Carolinas, Bob Perry will demonstrate the skill of living out of a haversack. Revealing what a back country ranger would carry on an extended hunt or a campaign so that he could fish, catch small game, shoot and maintain his gun, have fire, repair clothing and gear, and stay warm and dry while he was in the back-country away from all civilization for a month or two at a time, he offers everyone a first-hand glimpse of an exciting but hazardous lifestyle.
Tent 15 Log Cabin Builder, Rick Owens
A architectural preservation specialist for over 15 years, Rick Owens has created a log cabin building program to demonstrate the process the early settlers followed to provide shelter for their families. From shaving the shingles to splitting the wood for the notches, from dowel making to log timber saw cutting, visitors will be involved in all facets of creating a log cabin on a ¼ model scale.
Heritage Days at the Depot
Preserving our Heritage for Future Generations
Belton Area Museum Association
100 N. Main Street
Belton, SC 29627
Contact Alison Darby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-958-5264 for more information.
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