These are some of the birch bark baskets Jay is working on. I wish I had gotten a picture of a finished one, the carvings on them are beautiful.
This is the room I sleep in while visiting. It's soooo homey!
This little tree and scarecrow sit outside the front door. Soon he will come down and the tree will be covered in lights. Cheryl herself is very creative and quite the seamstress.
I love this shop! It's my favorite. Everything she sells here is made of honey or bees wax. I get the only shampoo that has ever worked on my hair here.
This mural was painted by a local, who never took an art course. It's amazing!
This is just a sampling of the many products made at this little shop.
Woodpeckers are bountiful at my brothers, and love the bear grease put out for them.
These little squirrels love to hog the bird feeder.
Aren't they just the cutest!?
This hand built arbor and the heart shaped pond were built for my nephew's wedding. They were married under the arbor.
I love this old chicken coup, now a storage shed, in their back yard.
Let's take a walk to the cabin! Nestled on his property in the National Forest, it sits almost a 1/4 mile back from the house. The quiet and peace felt back here are amazing. You can actually hear the snow fall. I am in awe of the beauty. Imagine walking this path at night, with no lights to guide the way. Did that! We went of a night walk. We left the cabin, and I was totally blind. Jay and Cheryl helped my out of the cabin since I couldn't see the steps. I couldn't see a thing, so Jay told me to let my eyes adjust, and to use only my sense of touch using my feet to guide me on the trail. I was a little freaked at first, but then it became an adventure. When I brushed against a tree, he told me it was o.k., it was just the tree nudging me back on to the path. It was an awesome feeling when we made it back to the house, and I realized I did something I thought could never be done. I tackled nature and won!
My brother and my sister Marti built this outhouse. Classy isn't it!?
This is the front porch of the cabin, the perfect spot to sit when the weather is nice.
and the front of the cabin from the property.
The mirror on the dresser was brought here by my husbands ancestors from Germany, it's over 100 years old. The pitcher and bowl were a find from the "Mikado Mall" or St. Vincent's. It was only 3.00! Perfect for the cabin, Cheryl grabbed it right up!
A view out the picture window shows where the wildlife frequent. Deer, turkey, grouse, snowshoe rabbits, and a multitude of birds can be seen from this window throughout the day. I scared the turkey's that were out front when I came around the corner, and the deer weren't out when I took this picture, They're kind of in hiding right now because of hunting season. Can't say I blame them!
This desk was donated by Jay and Cheryl's new daughter- in -law, it was built in the 1800's and was her great grand-mothers.
This mantel is behind the wood burning stove, lined with antiques and some of Jays creations.
The kitchenette, authentic ironware, and a shelf built in for essentials.
A view of the bed, with a loft for sleeping above. It's complete with a buffalo hide which he tanned.
This jacket was tanned the way it was originally done, with no chemicals and using the deers brain to do the actual tanning. His skills and creations have been used in movies such as The Indian in the Cupboard, Thunderheart, Dances With Wolves, to name some, and he also created a coat using his skins for Wayne Newton.
And this dress he made for my niece, about 20 years ago.
Inside his workshop, is where the creativity takes hold. This is a canoe Jay is presently working on, no modern techniques are used. It's done the exact way our Native Americans did. His work is precise, and beautiful!
This bear was shot by Jay when he went up North on a hunting expedition.
So I hope you can see what fascinates me about visiting Jay and Cheryl's. I look forward to my next visit, during Thanksgiving break!