Bryan Stott has been making replica Windsor chairs from the 1700ís
for the past 12 years. He is quite the craftsman because he has been
a woodworker all of his life. Bryanís father, Harold Lee Stott, had
been a woodworker as well and passed his knowledge on to Bryan when
he was very young. Harold had been coming to the 1800ís Art and
Craft Fair for years until he passed away in 2007. This is when
Bryan kept the tradition going and has continued to show the
community his amazing woodworking skills at the fair. The detail and
smooth lines are evident in his work. The best part about his work
is that everything is done by hand. No fancy tools needed, just the
desire, pure talent and very hard work.
Charles Buie makes churn and wash buckets out of Western Cedar,
Cypress, Sassafras and Aromatic Cedar, which is mainly used for
decorative buckets, not actual use.
Charles has been coming to the Art and Craft Fair for about four or
five years now and has been in the Coopering business for the past
17 years. His hard work and passion for this is obvious when you see
the finished product.
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The 1800ís Craft Fair coordinator, Nancy Saul, has
been involved with the event for about the past 30 years. She stems
from a long line of crafters within her family and was always
fascinated with the Lincoln Logan County Arts and Craft Guild. Saul
is very knowledgeable and always open to speaking with anyone whom
she comes into contact.
Saul said that for next year, the 1800ís Art and Craft Festival will
be combined with the Railsplitter Festival instead of the Art and
An idyllic setting on the large tree covered Postville Courthouse
grounds, the 1800ís Art and Craft Festival offers a look back into
everyday life from the days of when Abraham Lincoln first practiced
law in Logan County. Set on the very ground Lincoln walked and
talked, the historically accurate and diligently re-created
craftsmanship and activities promise to be a wonderful event for all
to enjoy next year, and for many more years to come.
BOBBIE SNYDER, with contributions by JAN YOUNGQUIST]