Posts Tagged ‘wales’

Paint Lick’s Welchman

March 15, 2010

2010Don Weber

Don Weber is a Paint Lick treasure in every sense of that word. He has helped us here at Friends so often that we need to give him his official volunteer badge.

What many of you may not know is that Don comes from another culture and I know he must get homesick now and then. For Don, I have put up this video in, a wonderful traditional Welsh hymn . And for the rest of you who have never encountered this rich people and their heritage let this be a wake-up call. I imagine that not a few of the original Kentucky pioneers were Welch transplants.

Thinking of you Don this Lenten season. Thank you for the richness that you and your lovely wife Beth bring to our lives and community.

Visit Don’s woodwright-shop. Right here in the Village.

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A real treasure in Paint Lick

October 15, 2009

A Transplanted Bodger from Wales

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All our friends are special here in Paint Lick. One of my favorite transplants- those “not from around here”, has to be Don Weber. Don is always ready to help out around the Friends of Paint Lick and in the village at large. He is a highly skilled craftsman in a specialized area of wood working and he uses his skills not only to make beautiful furniture, but in promoting the old crafts to the younger generation.

From his web-site, he tells us about this passion.

“I spend a great deal of my time in the mountains tracking down Appalachian craftsmen and working in the schools to keep these traditions alive. Using traditional technology as an “appropriate technology,” I also work in developing countries and economically depressed areas, setting up projects using local materials and talent to create cottage industries with other craftsmen and women, in an ecologically and environmentally-friendly manner.”

Go on over to the Handcraft Woodworks and get to know Don and see some of his work in the Gallery.

There is a PBS special Craft in America that you might want to take a look at after seeing Don’s work. It will help you to realize how privileged we are to have Don in Paint Lick.