ADIRONDACK RUSTIC MINIATURES
and Richard Wormwood have been crafting Adirondack Rustic Miniatures
since the mid-1980s, when Donna realized the appeal inherent in the
little pieces she had first made as gifts. Friends encouraged her to
try to sell them, so ventured out to shows, and eventually worked up
the courage to enter a juried show. Richard began building miniature
log cabins, lean tos and scale replicas of Adirondack great camps. He
added canoes, guide boats, itsy-bitsy snowshoes, fishing creels, even
archery sets complete with flint arrowheads. When the awards began to
accumulate, they began to work at the business in earnest. All pieces
are made from items found in Nature's warehouse, the fields and forests
near their Thurman home.
Donna's voice quickens as she speaks of the treasures they find. "Goldenrod
galls make woodstoves and wood baskets. A hollowed-out acorn base makes
a punch bowl. The top, with the stem end slightly ground down, makes
a plate or soup bowl. Grapevine curlicues make drawer pulls and handles
for mugs or pitchers." She expounds on uses of lichens, turkey-tail
fungus, beechnut burrs, knapweed blossoms, various seeds, and nuts,
blossoms and bark.The craft fascinates them, but the ultimate pleasure
is achieved when the Wormwoods watch guests view their wares at shows.
Says Donna. "The miniatures appeal to people of all ages and walks
of life-children, businessmen, retirees. I encourage visitors
to pick up the pieces and play with them because I love to watch the
fascination and enjoyment reflected in their faces. They seem to be
escaping into a simpler, more peaceful place. They smilea lot."
We hope you'll smile a lot as you browse among the items below. If you
have questions or want a custom design, please contact the Wormwoods
at 518-623-9654 or email
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