Peter and Donna Thomas have been making fine press and artist's books for over 40 years. When they started, as craftspeople at Renaissance Faires, they fell in love with the graceful beauty of "gypsy wagon" caravans that other vendors had made to sleep in or use as booths for selling their wares. In 2009 Peter and Donna built their own tiny home on wheels, designed after a typical late 19th century Redding Wagon. This blog documents their trips around the country, taken to sell their artists' books, teach book arts workshops, and talk about making books as art; as well as to seek out and experience the beauty of the many different landscapes found across the USA.

Peter and Donna started their business in 1977 and made their first book in 1978, so from 2017-18 are traveling to celebrate 40 years of making books with shows in a dozen libraries across the country. See the schedule on the side bar to find if they are coming to a town near you....

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Won't have anymore until next season

The title is not referring to the weather. It is supposed to stay cold for the next few weeks. What it refers to is small portable electric heaters. Our little heater bit the dust monday. (Or should I say bit the snow?) We went to Home Depot to get another. The clerk said we don't have anymore. I asked when they would have them in and she said won't get them in until next season. That means September or October. We went to Walmart and found the same reply. Lucky we have our trusty propane heater. The inside temperature of the caravan is 38 in the morning!

Wine with friends at the Folk School
We are getting ready to move on from the Folk School, where we spent 2 weeks. We can't tell you enough that being here is the best thing! You should try it. We love the people, the classes, the music and dancing. Right now as I write this, in the background there is a class in clogging. So fun.

A fresh coat of snow. I guess the solar panels aren't doing much...
Peter's class at the folk school was great. They played a mini concert at the end of the week and wowed the other students with their abilities after one week of instruction and playing together! They played kazoos and a stump fiddle and Peter's can!

The 'can' with whistles, kazoo, harmonica and more!
Peter's uke class, kazoos and all

Here is a video of the "Brasstown Polka!!!"

Donna took a tile class, where she learned various surface techniques like slip drawing, stenciling and scrubbing.
Donna's ceramic tiles from a week at the folk school

The obligatory caravan object from a week of tile making

Peter loving the beautiful snow around the caravan
Now we are ready to travel on to Tennessee. I think the snow is clear from the roads enough now!


Carl Mario Nudi said...
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Carl Mario Nudi said...

I looks like you are having a good time, even with that strange-looking (to us Florida folk) stuff laying around. Everyone down this way miss you and can't wait until your next visit. We promise, it won't ever be 38 degrees in the Caravan. At least I hope it never gets that cold.

Ket Conway said...

Soooooo Cool to see your adventures!!!! Wish ALL the Trolley Drops could join you......Waaaay Fuuun!!!!!!!
Miss you two!