TRAVELING IN A TINY HOME THAT IS REALLY AN ARTISTS' BOOK ON WHEELS

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....

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wandering around Tuckenhay

We arrived in Tuckenhay several days early so that we could walk the little paths that the papermakers walked, eat and drink in their pubs, and in general get a geographical sense of the place that we had lived in for years through their stories, but in reality we had only visited briefly, once or maybe twice, and that was over 20 years ago. Let us share what we found...

The first day we walked through Tuckenhay, Cornworthy, and Ashprington

The start of the path from Tuckenhay
The path to Ditisham
The end of Corkscrew Hill near Cornworthy
The church in Cornworthy
Detail of wood work in church.
11th century font


The Waterman's Arms at Bow Bridge, where Tom grew up
Bow Bridge
The stepping stones to Ashprington
The Harborn River below Bow Bridge, at the Tuckenhay Quay
The Maltster's Arms, the papermakers nearest pub

We also went to Dartington, Dartmoor, Dartmouth, and Totnes

Dartington
Dartington 
Dartmoor

Dartmouth
Totnes
Inside the Willow Cafe
Art in Dartmouth





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