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Makers of Maine
80 minutes | 13 days ago
Tighten Up, Lets Go & Learn About The Craft Behind Dog Sledding with Kevin Slater & Polly Mahoney
The episode starts out with Kristan Vermeulen telling her story of her experience mushing along the Umbagog Lake and camping overnight under the full moon in the cold, wintery conditions. Then she talks to Polly to learn more about her experience in Alaska prior to coming to Maine to start Mahoosuc Guide Service with Kevin. She also touches on her mushing adventures up in the Arctic where she eats something out of the ordinary but very common up in that area. Then Kevin talks about his journey to Maine and how he has worked for various guiding services throughout his life. He also touches on how he crafts his own dog sleds, canoes, paddles, snowshoes, and much more.To learn more about Mahoosuc Guide Services visit their website, Facebook or Instagram. Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, the Gawler Sisters, and their song Red Rocking Chair.Lastly, there are a handful of Maine maker's products that were a part of this adventure including, Brant & Cochran Axes, Gabriel Frey Baskets, Knit Ware Co., Kennedy, and Co., Mainly Wool Mittens & Pyxie. Go check them out! Great gear for the cold months!Photo credit: Frances Mahoney
42 minutes | 18 days ago
Sascha Deri & His BluShift Aerospace Team Successfully Executes The First Commercial Launch Of A Rocket Using A Bio-Derived Fuel
The episode starts out with Sascha Deri, the owner, and founder of bluShift Aerospace, talking about the inspiration behind the craft of the team's rocket. It was quite a long journey to launch day as they were working with Maine's state government and various organizations to assist with funding and permissions to launch a rocket from Maine and they worked with Loring Airforce Base for setting up a launch site as it was the perfect fit for what blueShift was looking for.To learn more about blueShift Aerospace visit their website, Facebook or Instagram. Also, to see the Stardust 1.0 launch visit their YouTube channel.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Vander Viper and the song he specifically made for bluShift as you will hear Sascha's voice in the background when he was conducting one of his test launches.Photo credit: Lindsay Heald
46 minutes | 23 days ago
Makers Market At The Point Series - A Potter Who Uses A Sgraffito Process & A Expert In CBD Who Mellows Out With Her Chill Pills
The episode starts out with Milly Welsh who is the owner and founder of Zwellyn Pottery. She went to school for animation and her full-time job is website design and development but her true passion is pottery. Her designs are unique and the ones I personally enjoy are inspired by horror flicks. She also shares her passion for pottery with her three girls and they all reside in Limington, Maine.The last guest on the episode is Liz Kirby with Good Jane which is now Betoken CBD. Liz was undergoing stresses in her daily life and was trying to find an outlet that could help provide her with some relief. She started formulating oral capsules with CBD which became very popular and she decided to keep expanding her product line to creams, body baths, and so much more. She is not only a maker but an educator behind CBD.To learn more about the Makers Market at the Point and to view each of the guest's products, please visit their websites listed here: Zwellyn Pottery and Betoken CBD.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Bait Bag, and their new hit Safe Word.
41 minutes | a month ago
Frances Mahoney Wears Many Creative Hats & Started Her Own Design Studio In The Midst Of The Pandemic
Frances Mahoney is a born and raised Mainer as she grew up in Portland. Her passion for art and design started at a young age as she drew up fun illustrations. She attended Maine College of Art (MECA) and started out her college career going the illustration route but then made the decision of majoring in graphic design where her heart truly gravitates towards. She has worked for many renowned businesses including Sea Bags and Pulp + Wire but found her true calling with her independent design studio, I Before E Design (Frances will fill you in on how that name came about). She has worked with a variety of clients including small businesses located in Maine to national clients located on the West Coast. Frances and Kristan met while working at Sea Bags and became close friends and they continue to be close to this day. Frances has partnered up with Makers of Maine on various photoshoots including Maine Craft Association's Maine Craft Weekend, Makers Market at Thompson's Point, and recently with Mahoosuc Guide Services in Newry. To view more of her work visit her website and Instagram.Music produced by Natále.Photo was taken by Coco Mccracken.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Chandlyr Jackson, Illustrator & Print Maker, Brings Vibrant, Fruity Designs To Your Home
Chandlyr Jackson with Freckled Fuchsia turned to the craft of traditional printmaking after spending time as a UX/UI designer after graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She started her business in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now operating her small business out of a small studio in downtown Portland, Maine.Chandlyr is originally from Connecticut and has been in Portland for a couple of years now. She continues to expand her network of craftspeople in the area as she has discovered that community is key here in this great state of Maine. From pillows to tea towels to prints to jewelry, you can find Chandlyr's illustrations on almost anything. Her focus on fruit has piqued many folks' interest. She even used the block print technique to craft my linen table cloth that features my wood grain logo. The craft takes precision and patience as you have to hand cut the design to place it on the material.Chandylr continues to improve on her sustainable practices by utilizing eco-friendly packaging, inks, and materials. She mentions that it is challenging to find eco-friendly materials in the United States and sometimes has to look outside the country.To learn more about Chandylr and to view her products, please visit her website. Feel free to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to get updates on new products and what's going on at the studio.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Spencer Albee. He is a nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer. Since 1995, he has toured internationally, signed multiple recording and publishing deals, and worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul. His song Love's Not Lost was inspired by his tiredness of all the fighting and vitriol. He states, "I feel like we need to show more compassion and want better for each other. "
81 minutes | 3 months ago
A Historical Lodge Filled With Memories & Traditions On The Island Of North Haven
Nebo Lodge is quite a charm. A charm that will be a part of your memories and traditions. A charm that holds makers handcrafted adornments. Once you visit, you want to experience it all over again. Before Nebo became Nebo it was a part of the Mullin House which was a popular spot among the community and many non-residents of the island would stay. Life on an island can get lonely and the little things matter so much to the community including a visit from the President of the United States. An interview of a popular radio show called Yankee Yarns tells a story of how President Grant came to North Haven after a long sail off the Maine Coast as he needed a warm place to rest and a good meal. He stayed the night at the Mullin House and the word spread quickly that he was on the island which turned into a big crowd right outside the Mullin House. His stay ended by taking a drag of a cigar in the lounge of the lodge and leaving his cigar-butt in the ashtray which has turned into an artifact David Hopkins, Eric's brother, has possession of.David shares the history behind the lodge and his family's memories in the early stages of Nebo Lodge. He also shares how the artwork that is a part of his gallery is displayed at Nebo Lodge and that he owns various artifacts that came from the lodge back in the 1900s.Then Chellie Pingree, the owner of the Nebo Lodge building, shares her personal story of what it's like to live on the island, how she is a maker herself, and how she purchased Nebo Lodge to keep the landmark alive.Lastly, Angela Ruffolo, the Operations Manager at Nebo Lodge, shares her experience of managing and taking over the lodge, the traditions that are taken place at the lodge, and the people who have stayed at the lodge and who are a part of the Nebo family.To learn more about Nebo Lodge and to see his one-of-a-kind artwork, please visit their website. Feel free to follow him on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new artwork and what's going on at his studio.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Sean McGowan. Sean is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His song October is a favorite and blends very nicely with the journey of North Haven.Thank you to Justin Smulski and Amy Bouchard for joining me on this amazing adventure and capturing the experience through your creative skills and channels.Also, please reserve your spot to attend the Hey Day Maker's Faire which takes place November 29th. Avril has worked hard to put together this wonderful event that showcases a variety of makers and to provide you with Maine made gift ideas.
72 minutes | 3 months ago
Eric Hopkins, An Artist Known For His Focus On The Natural World, Shares His Love For The Land Of The Free & The Home Of The Brave
Eric Hopkins is not just an artist, he is a kind gentleman that looks at the world through a different lens. He takes his experiences of life, death, happiness, beauty, and much more and showcases it through his work. His work is portrayed in many forms of art from watercolors to oils to photography. He enjoys the use of bright, vibrant colors and typically you will see in many of his watercolor work, small forms of trees that give his landscape texture and dimension. It is a minor detail that many see as Eric's signature and when one sees it they know exactly who created it.Eric along with his two brothers was born on North Haven Island and he and his brother David still reside there today. Eric's three children grew up on the island as well. One of his sons passed away in a horrific car accident and his other son and daughter still reside on the island raising their beautiful families. You will find Eric putting together beautiful pieces on his 40-acre property. He has three shacks that all include studios, one for his watercolors, the second for his drawings and sketches, and the third for his woodworking that best complements his watercolor pieces. Eric also has a gallery located in Rockland that showcases many pieces of his work.Eric enjoys traveling the world and capturing the beauty of nature in those areas to display through his artwork. He has a glass studio in Washington state where he visits once a year but he always winds up back in his home state.To learn more about Eric Hopkins and to see his one-of-a-kind artwork, please visit his website. Feel free to follow him on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new artwork and what's going on at his studio.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Sean McGowan. Sean is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His song Damariscotta is about a local town in Maine that is a part of the New Castle region.Thank you to Justin Smulski and Amy Bouchard for joining me on this amazing adventure and capturing the experience through your creative skills and channels.
64 minutes | 4 months ago
Makers Market At The Point Series - A Hand Weaver, A Quilter & A Lifestyle Brand
The episode starts out with Hilary Crowell who is the owner and founder of The Cultivated Thread. She has a passion for farming but needed to find a hobby during the wintertime as farming tends to slow down in the colder months. Weaving became a passion and she recently built a business to showcase her skills and people enjoy her designs and products.The second guest is Jami Bouley with JP Quilts. He started his craft of quilting by taking a class with a friend which turned into a hobby he will never stop doing. He also is a part of a quilt group where they take on projects together and learn from one another. He has built his business by going to craft shows throughout the state and even some out of the state. He's known for his Maine inspired quilts as well as his cardinal themed quilts.The last guest on the episode is Greg Benoit with Benoit Design Co. Greg's family had a long history of selling apparel in shops across Maine but now he has decided to take the family name and turn it into something else. He took a dive into laser engraving, cutting, and dye sublimation. He is also expanding his operations by hiring immigrants in the area. To learn more about the Makers Market at the Point and to view each of the guest's products, please visit their websites listed here: The Cultivated Thread, JP Quilts & Benoit Design Co.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Coyote Island. Mike O'Hehir was born in England and vacationed in Maine with grandparents when he was younger. His song "Here Before", lyrically was inspired by meeting his fiancé at a full moon bonfire party, He arrived late to the party and was experimenting with “psychedelic plant medicines”, it was a wonderful night! The chorus though was written years ago on his travels out west. That feeling of going places for the first time and wondering why it feels so familiar. “I’ve been here before, and so have you"
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Jemma Gascoine Crafts Pottery With Clean Lines & Solid Colors; She Is Based In Monson & Has A Focus In Sculpture
Jemma Gascoine has such a unique technique when crafting her pottery. She pays attention to every detail while on the potter's wheel, is inspired by the breathtaking environment surrounding her studio in Monson, and uses bold, simple colors to give her pieces the final touch. She was taught by the famous potter Barry Guppy yet she has created her own style of artwork that has Jemma written all over it.Jemma is originally from England but has been in Monson for quite some time and people in her community know her very well for her work as well as teachings to students and adults in the area. You can find her student's work displayed on the shelves in her studio and their items are available for purchase. Jemma loves supporting her students as they find their own style of pottery and some even help her in the shop with painting pieces, manning the shop and so much more.Jemma also tells me about the wonderful town of Monson. It is located near Moosehead Lake but is known for the Appalachian Trail as many hikers that go through tend to stop at this small town. The mountains are breathtaking especially when the leaves are peeping.To learn more about what Jemma will be doing for Maine Craft Weekend and to view her products, please visit her website. Feel free to follow her on Instagram to get updates on new products and what's going on at the studio.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Half Way Home. Their music genre is acoustic, indie, traditional folk, soft rock, and originals with beautiful harmonies. Dick Dutson, Kermit, and Alexandra Bennett are located in Monson and enjoy getting together to jam. Their song Zoom Zoom Zoom is about local Maine backroads and nearly hitting certain animals. It is quite comical.
57 minutes | 5 months ago
Doles Orchard Is Not Just A Family Farm, It Is Also Known For Its Wooden Crates Crafted By Emily Chelate
Who knew that a woodshop was located on a popular "pick your own" apple orchard in Limington. Now, this isn't just any woodshop as they craft crates and gift boxes for Allagash Brewery put together retail furnishings for Sea Bags, and so much more. Emily Chelate, daughter of Earl and Nancy Bunting who has owned and operated the farm since 1993 and still do today, started this woodshop due to Allagash's interest in being a wholesale partner where the shop would craft crates and boxes for their customers. They use a burning technique to go about putting the logo on the crates which gives it a rustic look and you typically find these crates when purchasing their house beer at their tasting room. Allagash's relationship with Doles Orchard started when they were trying to find cherries for their beer as the orchard was one of a few that grew them in the state. Allagash even named one of their beers after Nancy which of course includes the cherries and you can find it in their tasting room today. When they saw how the farm transported produced in wooden crates they both came together to formulate an idea of crafting a wooden crate for their beers and their relationship and custom products grew from there.Emily and her team of woodworkers work day-to-day on very interesting projects including a spa-like contraption that was a bit of a challenge to put together but is now making hundreds of them. Emily is a fascinating woodworker and designer. She has built a team of men and women who craft pieces of all kinds and she is someone to look up to as a female entrepreneur, woodworker, and designer.To learn more about what Emily will be doing for Maine Craft Weekend and to view her products, please visit her website. Feel free to follow her on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and what's going on at the farm. You can also go apple picking anytime on the weekdays and weekends. You can find the "What's In Season" schedule here.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Troy Hudson and The High Road. Troy Hudson is a Maine native that lives on the midcoast. His grandfather and brother both played guitar and inspired him to start playing around 8 years old. Their latest single, Frontline of Love, was recorded during the pandemic. All of the tracks were recorded separately in different locations by the band. Each of the band members sent their individual tracks to Troy and he mixed them at his recording studio. Listening back to it you’d never know they were miles away from each other during the process. The song is about coming out of your shell and believing you deserve happiness and love.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Jody Johnstone Brings Wood Fired Pottery To Maine By Building A 24-Foot Long Anagama Tunnel Kiln In Her Backyard
There are many potters in Maine but one potter you need to get to know is Jody Johnstone. She spent time in Japan with a master potter who specialized in wood firing which began Jody's passion for this particular practice. She went over to Japan to be a junior apprentice for Isezaki Sensei but wanted to get more out of the experience and was treated as an apprentice as she was very hands-on with crafting wood-fired pieces.After her time in Japan, she came back to the states to launch her own pottery studio which led her to Swanville, Maine. Her property is a sanctuary deeply rooted in the woods with two log cabins. One that holds her beautiful artwork where people can purchase and the other holds her potter's wheel, clay, and other tools she can put together her pieces. As well as her beautiful home, 24-foot wood fire kiln, and a smaller wood fire kiln. She fires up her 24-foot Anagama Tunnel twice a year, once in the spring and once in the late summer/early fall, and fills the tunnel to the brim with many pieces of pottery that were made throughout the year ready to be fired. Sometimes these pieces are sitting in her studio for 4 months just waiting for the kiln to be fired up. The firing is more like a ceremony where a group of other potters and friends of Jody bring their pieces they would like to be a part of the firing too. The best part about this ceremony is to see what the pieces look like after the firing is complete.To learn more about what Jody will be doing for Maine Craft Weekend and to view her products, please visit her website. Feel free to follow her on Instagram to get updates on new products and what's going on at her studio.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Velocipede with Julia Plumb and Baron Collins-Hill. Julia came to playing music by going to contra dances and wanting to play. A friend of Baron’s family gave him a mandolin to borrow and taught him a few chords. They both met in 2008 at Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville and loved making music together right away. They both love the tunes found in traditional dance music from a variety of places - Ireland, Québec, England, the US, and Scandinavia. Part of this music tradition is playing together with friends, which is part of how they got to know Jody at the Irish session in Belfast. You can check out their Facebook and YouTube to see more of their music but please stay until the end of the episode to hear The Birdhouse written by Baron and the second, The Cat After Sausages written by Julia.
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Linda & Ken Perrin Share Their Love Of Glass Blowing In The Heart Of Ellsworth
Linda and Ken Perrin have quite the story of how they established their Atlantic Art Glass studio. Their relationship started while attending a class at San Francisco City College and their love for one another grown further through the many creative endeavors they took on. Their journey took them to Maine as they were driving around Ellsworth and stumbled upon a beautiful brick building which is now their studio that houses their beautiful glass blown art and other art materials including lots of yarn donated by a fellow community member for their non-profit Artsworth.The process behind glass blowing is quite lengthy as there many steps yet the pace is super fast when you see it done in person. From the high temperatures of the furnace to the gathering of the molten glass to blowing into a steel pipe to give the glass its shape, it is a great sight to see.When visiting their studio, Linda and her team of artisans were putting together glass blown pumpkins for their Maine Craft Weekend event. They used unique tools to form the indents of the pumpkin and they used a spiraling technique to form the stem of the pumpkin and used a blow torch to give the piece of art a final touch.To learn more about Atlantic Art Glass' Maine Craft Weekend event click here. Please visit Atlantic Art Glass to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and events happening at their studio including what they will be doing for Maine Craft Weekend.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Caroline Cotter. She came from a musical family and always loved to sing. She watched her older siblings play instruments and wanted to play too. Her track Eternal Light is about her first time being in Alaska and it was around the summer solstice. Eternal Light is inspired by her experience of the midnight sun, the art and stories of Alaskan natives, and the amazing wildlife of Alaska. You can check out her Facebook and Instagram to keep tabs on her new music planned to launch in 2021 and where she will be playing locally.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
Geoffrey Warner Provides Comfort Through His Handcrafted Wooden Stools
Geoffrey Warner, owner, and founder of OWL Furniture has been a furniture maker his entire life. He started his woodworking career crafting guitars and then went to school in Rhode Island to study the craft of furniture and learned from a Danish master, Tage Frid. In 2008, he met with a group of furniture makers and came up with the idea of crafting an ergonomic wooden chair. His father had always been an inspiring icon in his work and told him to take this idea to life even if others thought the idea was crazy. Now he has gone through an ergonomic study thanks to Maine Technology Institute to help complete his craft and offer it to the public, sold thousands of stools to customers looking to better there back and one of his stool seats has been patented.Thanks to Geoff's sister, Jenifer Warner, you can see how these stools can better your back through her graphic expertise. Who knew that the two holes in his stool would provide such comfort for one's back and it gives the stool a look of an owl. While he continues to receive many orders for stools every week, he is also crafting rocking chairs, chairs, and custom pieces for his customers as well. While visiting his shop we got to see Geoff and Madison, a close family member of Geoff's, put together one of his beautiful chairs where the joinery fits like a glove.Please visit OWL Furniture's website to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and events happening at their studio including what they will be doing for Maine Craft Weekend.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, who is Geoffrey Warner the guest on the podcast, and one of his tracks with Heather Jellison, Gotta Stay Home.
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Sadie Bliss & Emily Shaffer Coordinate An Annual Event That Brings People To Makers To Learn Their Craft
Maine Craft Weekend falls on the first weekend Saturday and Sunday in October and offers an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and businesses in Maine, and for artists to connect with craft enthusiasts, collectors, and visitors behind-the-scenes. This is an educational, community-oriented, and family-friendly event for all!Typically the event is in partnership with Maine Made, and scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. In 2019, Maine Craft Weekend received a Star Award from American Craft Week for Outstanding Legacy of Craft Education & Demonstrations. The organization launches a database filled with makers who will partake in the event that is hosted on their website and share what they will be doing for the event.This year the event will be treated as a DIY event and the organization will be promoting what others will be doing through their social media. They have also partnered with this podcast to interview a handful of those who will be doing social distance, COVID-friendly gatherings.Please visit Maine Craft Weekend to learn more about the event and please follow Maine Crafts Association to see how you can support makers from across the state or if you're a maker, how you can be a part of this association and to benefit from the services they offer.
41 minutes | 6 months ago
Ryan McPherson And His Team of Farmers Craft The Perfect Oyster & Grow Millions Of Them In The Damariscotta River
Ryan McPherson took over Glidden Point Oyster Farms five years ago as he left Massachusetts to start a venture that has grown tremendously over time. Their goal is to craft the perfect shaped oyster and they have accomplished this and are continually providing these to wholesalers and customers across the nation.His team of farmers works hard to grow and collect millions of oysters, all different sizes (the jumbos are HUGE), throughout the year. Oyster season is year-round in Maine due to its chilly climate but sometimes the farmers have to watch out for the green crabs as they eat oysters and have caused some challenges.They give back to the community by collaborating with farmers starting out and non-profits to help establish their oyster farms. Oyster farms keep our coastal waters clean and Glidden Point truly believes in this mission and will continue to help others build their oyster farms and continue to keep theirs maintained.Please visit Glidden Point Oyster Farm's website to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and events happening at their tasting room.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, The Ballroom Thieves, and one of their new tracks, Vanity Trip.
42 minutes | 7 months ago
Jordan & Madison Give Cut & Sew Another Meaning; They Create Fashionable Pieces Inspired By Different Cultures
Fashion and textile designers, Jordan Carey and Madison Poitrast-Upton, graduated from Maine College of Art and started a business while they attended the college which is called Loquat. Loquat is a fairly new venture and they have grown tremendously through their small collection of products including their top-selling handbags and facemasks. The skills they have obtained from college which have morphed into their own art and craft have truly gravitated towards the Maine community as people highly enjoy them. With help from their mentors including Jill McGowan and Kazeem Lawal, they come up with unique ways of standing out.They give back to the community by collaborating with other artists to showcase their culture, lifestyle, and passions. They also support women in Portland by providing them with menstrual products that they can't afford and don't have access to. Loquat will continue to grow and prosper and we all should be excited to see what the future holds for them.Please visit Loquat's website to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Instagram to get updates on new products and promotions. Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Patrick from Just Plain Jones. Currently, he is working on new music that will be launched this fall. Check out his tune For Everybody with Kyle Jamal on Spotify and iTunes.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
Rose Barboza Lifts The Voices Of Black Owned Businesses Here In Maine
I discovered Rose Barboza and Jerry Edwards Black Owned Maine while searching for guests on this podcast as I wanted to create a diverse list. I didn't realize how many black owned businesses are here in Maine until I stumbled upon this database and there are a lot! Being a fairly new resident to Maine, I wanted to dig deeper to learn more about how our state is known as the "white state" and how those in the black community felt being raised in this community or being a part of this community. Rose fills me in on not just her amazing efforts towards Black Owned Maine and the future projects they're working on but also her life here in this beautiful state. I also stumbled upon this great interview Maine Public Radio put together on explaining why Maine is "so white".Please visit Black Owned Maine's website to view the wonderful businesses of Maine's black community. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new initiatives they're working on and learn more about how you can support them.I will be donating 25% of proceeds made from the Makers of Maine t-shirt collection to Black Owned Maine to help them continue their amazing work of updating their database and website, supporting black-owned businesses through the challenges of the pandemic, and assisting those in the black community who want to start a business by establishing a grant program and also supporting future ideas of providing marketing resources to businesses by launching a photography and videography studio. Pre-orders will be accepted up till August 21, 2020. Local Maine residents have the option to pick up their shirt at a local spot and I will coordinate a date, time and area and communicate this through social media.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Suzie Assam. Suzie was born in Lewiston and always loved how universal music is. She hopes to work on new music during this time of pandemic as it has given her time to see what this new music looks like. Check out her tune Cuffing Season on Spotify and iTunes.
44 minutes | 7 months ago
Roxi Suger Is A Renowned Fashion Designer That Crafts Plant Based Apparel In Biddeford's Pepperell Mill
Fashion designer, Roxi Suger, came to Maine to continue and grow her popular apparel collection Angelrox in Biddeford, Maine. She went from designing in her home to relocating to Alfred Street where her flagship store is currently located then joining in with other businesses and designers in Pepperell Mill who are all a part of the revitalization efforts of the mill. She also has a sister collection called Suger where her focus is more on now and a tie-dye Tuesday initiative where she organizes Facebook Lives to showcase the lovely pieces and donating $20 for every piece sold to the Greater Portland Welcome Immigrant Center.Please visit Roxi Suger's website to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and promotions. Also, please reach out to them if you would like to check out their studio in Pepperell Mill and visit their retail shops in Biddeford and Portland.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, Natále. Currently, she is working on releasing her first mini-album titled Giving All to You, mastered by the great Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine. The mini-album includes four original songs which she recorded with friends in a makeshift bedroom studio in an old farmhouse in Biddeford. She is in the process of crowdfunding on a secret Go Fund Me to get that album in the hands of those who wish to own a copy. Check out her tune Keep Me Hangin On on Spotify and iTunes.
41 minutes | 7 months ago
Mark & Stephen Ferguson & Barry Worthing Started A Shop That Crafts Maine Pattern Axes & Restores Vintage Axes
Mark & Stephen Ferguson and Barry Worthing, owners and founders of Brant & Cochran, started a shop almost four years ago that restores vintage axes and crafts Maine pattern axes. These three gentlemen have brought back the craft of axe making in Maine as there are no other axe makers currently in Maine. Back in the 1800s to 1900s, twelve well-known axe makers resided in Oakland, Maine including Emerson and Stevens who crafted many axes including an axe for Theodore Roosevelt. Brant & Cochran use techniques and traditions created from this historical time towards their axe making. From forging, grinding, heat-treating, sharpening and hafting, the process is dirty and challenging but the Brant & Cochran staff have a good process going and they continue to refine it every day. They even stamp each of their axes with their logo, the temperer’s initials and year of manufacture as it is a tradition that all axe makers take on and Brant & Cochran wanted to continue it.Please visit Brant & Cochran's website to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and promotions. Also, please reach out to them if you would like to check out their shop in South Portland and visit their events page to see how you can see their axes and wonderful makers up close and in person.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, The Gawler Family. The Gawler Family brings you a delightful assortment of songs and tunes rooted in the traditional music of Maine and the Northeast. John and Ellen, together with their daughters Molly, Edith, Elsie, and “brother” Bennett Konesni, back up their intertwining family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar, and sometimes, a few surprises.
37 minutes | 8 months ago
Kristen & Joe Camp Use Techniques Like Raku To Handcraft Ceramic Pieces That Brings People Together
Kristen and Joe Camp, owners and founders of Campfire Pottery, have been crafting one-of-a-kind contemporary ceramic pieces that are symbols of human-gathering for five years in Westbrook, Maine. They also have a storefront built out of a shipping container located off of Washington Avenue in Portland. The Campfire pair came to Maine from their home state of Georgia to help build a church and they decided to stay in Maine long-term as they loved the environment, culture, and wanted to start a business around the passion that started their relationship, pottery. Their craft is very unique as they use a Japanese style ceramic process called Raku on a portion of their collection. Joe suits up in a firefighter like uniform as temperatures, when undergoing this process, get extremely hot! Kristen’s newest project is working with an interior designer on a light fixture and will be launching an interior designer program later this year.Please visit Campfire Pottery’s website to view their products. Feel free to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on new products and promotions. Also, please consider giving back to this lovely business as well as the frontline workers who are risking their own health for those suffering from COVID-19 by supporting their Stay at Home Mug Project. For every 5 “To-Stay” Mugs they sell, they will donate one of their signature To-Go Mugs to a healthcare worker on the frontlines.Also, please check out the featured musician of this episode, The Jacob James and their full track Live It Up and the rest of their awesome jams on iTunes.
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