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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Episode #74 - Folding Rule on Vacation

Mountains, Bears & Bison
with a "bit of Woodworking"
while on Vacation!

Grand Tetons National Park

We just returned from a driving vacation from Portland to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. This was our second visit, but I am again struck with the majesty and beauty of our country.

Thanks to a wonderful suggestion from fellow woodworker, Todd Clippinger, we checked out Fighting Bear Antiques in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. True to owner Terry Winchell’s website mission statement, Fighting Bear Antiques is a marvelous opportunity to see some fine antique home furnishings. I could tell from the metal wall sconce on the porch wall and the gently worn Stickley-style front door knob that this was going to be a special treat.

Inside Fighting Bear Antiques we found a wonderful collection of American Indian beaded artifacts and Navajo Rugs. Scattered about the store were Western fishing and National Park style collectibles.

My attention was immediately drawn to the furniture collection. The underlying fabric for displaying the artifacts and collectibles was a remarkable selection of Stickley and Limbert furniture with the occasional Old Hickory pieces and a beautiful Thomas Molesworth sofa. Interestingly, Stickley and Old Hickory were frequently commisioned by the Natioanl Park Service to furnish early park lodges. Gallery manager Christopher Moran kindly honored my request to take a couple of close-up furniture photos (they normally do not allow photography in the gallery).

Thomas Molesworth was a Cody, Wyoming artist, who is best known for popularizing the “cowboy furniture” style of the 1930’s. His whimsical Western-inspired style features peeled Douglas fir pole furniture accented with stretched red or black leather, bright red Chimayo Indian weavings, and carved or routed Western silhouettes. This highly collectible furniture was recently featured in a recent episode of The New Yankee Workshop (Program #1906) where Norm built a Molesworth-inspired Sideboard.

Thanks Todd for a great tip!

A Rare Dramatic Moment - Yellowstone National Park
Look closely and you will see a Gizzly Bear (center)
guarding an Elk carrion(right) with a Grey Timber Wolf (left)
patiently waiting in the background.


Vic Hubbard said...

Hi David,

That is a trip I hope to take someday. Since Sylvia's Dad died a couple years ago, we haven't gone exploring. He loved coming from Germany and touring our great country and that of our northern neighbor. The most beautiful country I've ever seen is up in the Banff area. That is truly God's country! Of course, I haven't gotten to visit the Alps yet, either.

David Pruett said...

Vic -

We hope to tour Germany someday. This was our second trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. I agree with your thoughts on Banff, however we really enjoyed Jasper and Miette Hotsprings. Thanks for stopping by Vic! It is always good to hear from you!