Once upon a time, there were two craftsmen who had an idea. One of them made miniature log cabins and the other one was a glass artist, and they thought how nice it would be to put stained glass windows in the log cabins. Before too long, they had the idea of making this the house of the three bears, of Goldilocks fame. So of course, they talked to a bearmaker about making the bears, and a dollmaker about making Goldilocks. And there needed to be furniture, so a woodcarver was included. And there needed to be porridge bowls, so a potter was included. And there needed to be spoons, so tinworkers were included, and they also made some sconces for the walls. And their daughter saw the project and offered to make quilts for the beds. And a fraktur artist wanted to make a folk art painting to hang on the walls, and a floral artist offered to make a flower arrangemnt for the table, and the potter made a pot to put it in. And a blacksmith made hinges for the door, and a leathersmith made a leather trunk, and before they knew it, 12 people were involved!|
Most of them are exhibitors at the Kutztown PA German Festival, where the idea germinated. Terry Boyer, miniature log cabin builder, in a flash of brilliance, approached Louise Mehaffey, glass artist, and it grew from there. Barbara Horst, bearmaker, was only a few spaces down the row, along with Wilfriede Axsmith, dollmaker. Chris Wert, redware potter, was across the walkway, and Mary and Dawson Gillaspy, tin toy makers, were there along with their daughter Beth Allen, quilter. Gene Burkhart, floral artist ,was at the event, and so was Steve Smith, leatherworker. Kari Saragusa, woodcarver, Teddi Matz, fraktur artist, and Dave Fisher, blacksmith, saw the project and wanted to contribute. The ideas grew and grew, and finally a deadline had to be set or the project would still be growing!
The craftspeople had so much fun making it, they decided to offer it in a limited edition of 10. The first one is reserved to be auctioned off at the Kutztown PA German Festival in Kuztown, PA on opening day, July 1, 2000. A signed certificate of authenication will accompany each edition.