Made in La Pine

Meet Some of our Artisans

Steve Langenstein

Why Bat Houses

Bats are a curiosity for people who love the outdoors. As a Wildlife Biologist, I worked with bats for about 30 years in Idaho and Oregon, where I regularly gave multimedia presentations about bats at campgrounds and schools. Bat viewing was a regular and entertaining part of these very popular presentations.  

There are at least 15 species of bats in Oregon, and most of these are found right here in Central Oregon.    Around the world bats eat a variety of things ranging from insects, fruit, nectar, small mammals, lizards, frogs , fish and even  blood.  Oregon’s bats only eat insects.

I’m building these bat houses to encourage an interest in the conservation of bats, and to perhaps help people control dense insect populations without pesticides.  Proceeds from the sale of these bat houses are donated to the La Pine Community Kitchen.

About 40% of all species of bats have seriously depressed populations.  Sadly, most bat species at risk won’t be helped by bat house placement.  Learning about the many benefits bats provide to humans will require some reading, but there is a lot of information found on the internet provided by prominent bat conservation organizations.  Bat houses will not increase the populations of bats since most species require specific maternity roost habitat. Most species have only one pup per year, so population growth is very slow.  Bat houses will help distribute bats into new foraging, and roosting areas where insect populations are high.  

Bats are curious creatures, and will investigate you; however, it is extremely rare for them to attack or get entangled in your hair. Please remember bats are wild animals, and will bite to protect themselves when grabbed; handling bats should be avoided. I urge people to seek out more information about bats and educate themselves on the benefits of these nocturnal flying mammals in Oregon.  Bats have provided many medical and scientific discoveries and there is likely to be many more benefits from them if we learn the facts and get rid of the myths.

____

Dan Hoffman

Flag display cases and antler coat racks.

____

Shirley Gerhart

Each one-of-a-kind Santa is carved from a fresh yam.  I allow it to dry completely, bringing out the grooves and twists before I apply paint and then a clear coat.  You will be able to enjoy the uniqueness of your Santa yam for many years to come.

____

Dan Richer

I’m a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, and live in La Pine, Oregon.  My brand of Artistic Laserography is acclaimed and renowned nationally.

Quality reclaimed cabinet doors are the palettes for my works of art.  Many recognizable images of Oregon are generated in my local home studio.  My earth-conscious attitude leads to environmentally friendly artwork to be desired by collectors and critics alike, as no two of my works are exactly the same.

____

Michele Kring

Hello, my name is Michelle Kring, and I have resided in La Pine going on 9 years.  My husband–Dave–and I wanted to create things out of wood, I saw a birdhouse online and thought to myself, “we could make these and sell them!”  My husband builds the birdhouses and decorates them.  It has become such a passion for me to create these beautiful works of art.

Most of my birdhouses started out looking much different from how they are now . .  . I love creating rustic birdhouses.

I have been selling them at Made in La Pine for approximately one year, but also have sold them at the Rhubarb Festival and Music in the Pines.

I also have a passion for baking carrot cake loaves, which I sell at the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Bazaar.

If you have not come into Made in La Pine–in the Chamber of Commerce–please come in and see my rustic birdhouses and the other Crafters’ work.

____

Larry Thorson

I have worked in construction since I was 18 years old and have worked with wood in many ways. When I moved to La Pine and saw the many different trees, it made me think of what I could do with the wood that I like.

That was when I started in the blue and buggy wood that was in La Pine.  It tells the history of the wood–the color, knots, grains. You can count how old the tree was.  These are beetle infected trees, thus Blue Stain.

____

John Driscoll

Local history.

____

Jeremy Johnson

Bow hunting at its best.

____

Karen

Showing off some La Pine T-shirts.

____

Thomas

Trying to decide which La Pine hat to buy.  Get both!

______

Sharon Nelson

Pine needle baskets merged with vintage items – what could be better?  My baskets are handmade, and will have one of a kind details. I incorporate locally sourced vintage items into many of my pine needle baskets. All pine needles are gathered from my property in La Pine.

____

Ken Kanoff

I was born and raised in the Cascade mountains of Oregon.  The forest was and is my home.  As a forester, I worked in Oregon, Washington, Northern California, and Borneo.

Wood has always interested me.  I love the color, grain, knots.  Some pieces look like gems to me.

I use many different species of local vegetation considered brush or small tress.  Mountain Mahogany is the wood I prefer to work with.

____

Twila Willey

Making all-occasion cards and paper crafting has been a passion mine for the past 22 years.  I was hooked after attending my first card-making class.  I enjoy doing this strictly as a hobby.  Any funds I receive from selling my items are used strictly to help repurchase supplies and continue doing what I love to do.

_____

Ma Foster

Ma Foster heer!  I cudent find no papr 1 dae und I needd a crd.  So I fond sum scrap wud und made a crd.  I got tha ider from a yung cuzin und likt it.  I’z tode uthers likt em 2 so that strtd a litl biznez makin gift greetin crds.  Cum und sea um fer yersef.  Yull like em 2!

______

Sonny Stephenson

Jams, spices, and now BBQ sauce!

______

Ellen Hawkins

I have always been interested in artistic projects.  My grandmother taught me how to crochet and knit.  My dad was a professional artist and instructed me over the years.  I recently was shown the process of how to create these gorgeous coasters and trivets and would love to share them with the La Pine community.

______

Teri Myers

The Lulu Cookbook: AKA the Ladies of La Pine Cookbook was developed by Teri Myers for the La Pine Chamber as a sequel to her first seasonal cookbook Cowboys of La Pine Cookbook. Both were published in 2011. The Lulu Cookbook has something special about it. It contains a 12-chapter novella about the life and times of local favorite Lulu LeDeux, frontier madame, who becomes an integral part of the community- much to the chagrin of local Women’s Club of La Pine members. Lulu overcomes the consternation and becomes a local heroine responding to the charitable needs of the mountain community before anyone else! Her story continues over many years, with seven plays and skits developed and performed by the La Pine Players!  Cookbooks are available at the Chamber. This one is made in La Pine with a collection of recipes from local women who added to the fun!

______

Judi Kelso

I make baskets from Ponderosa Pine needles, artificial sinew, and glass beads.  The needles which come from the Metolius Basin, are washed dried, and then woven into baskets.  It takes about a day to weave one.

______

Galen Loony

You can have an entire road construction company with these toys!

______

Tania Rudometkin

Rabbitbrush and Blackberry Honey from Oregon’s Outback on the Newberry Country Trail.

____