Made in La Pine

Meet Some of our Artisans

Colly Rosenberg

Hi.  My name is Colly and I make creations from recycled materials/ metal, wood, plastics and glass; most anything that calls to me to create each individual piece.  I have been a recycler most of my life but in recent years have enjoyed having the time to actually sit down and be creative with found items from dumpsters, thrift stores and junk piles.  At Made in La Pine, I currently have hippie mobiles and tiny bird house ornaments, each a “one of a kind” item.

I have lived in Central Oregon since 1977, in the Three Rivers area for over 20 years.  I also had the pleasure to be The Second Tern Thrift Store’s Manager for over three years where I saw the potential for recycled artwork, and it soon became my passion

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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.

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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.

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John Driscoll

Local history.

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Jeremy Johnson

Bow hunting at its best.

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Theo Campbell 

 

Hi, I started my journey with glass almost fifteen years ago. I tried different ways to use the medium such as glass blowing, glass torching, and glass slumping. I have settled with primarily glass slumping because I can create at home. I like making nightlights because I find them to be both functional and whimisical. I am grateful to be in the La Pine community and enjoy the natural beauty of the high dessert and the friendly people. I find La Pine area inspiring and my muse for creating

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Deren and Stacia Ash

Yard stakes, including seasonal themes and Sasquatch____

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Mike Campbell

 

   I consider myself to be a Creative type and really enjoy my La Pine community .

Because I have a love of working with wood and a Passion for Fly Fishing,

I guess it made sense to me to combine the two.

I call this Folk Art for the Garden or Fence in your Yard ______

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.

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Dan Hoffman

Flag display cases and antler coat racks.

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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.

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Tania Rudometkin

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

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Greg Reed

Wall art, lamps, tables all made here in La Pine..

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Bunny Larsell

Squeaky dog bones and great hot pads that really shield you from the heat.

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Dan Hoffman

Flag display cases and antler coat racks.

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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.

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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.

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Karen

Showing off some La Pine T-shirts.

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Thomas

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

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