She's the Sanford & Son of Maine artists--re-using old baking and bread pans and reclaimed tools/ junk that used to be functional and turning it into an absolutely stunning body of work. I'm doing a story on Anastasia Glassman's upcoming show at Pascal Hall December 18. And already, I'm thinking of ways to sell my kidney so I can have one of her pieces.
This feature highlights all the crafties in Maine who don’t necessarily have a physical shop or an online presence other than Etsy (etsy.com), which is like an online open craft fair that allows users to sell vintage items, handmade items that are modified, as well as unique (sometimes downright wacky) handcrafted art.
I discovered these on Etsy and went a little coo coo. If you're a Tolkien nerd, you will too. Meet Etsy members and residents of Unity, Rocy & Melissa Pillsbury, creators of Wooden Wonders Hobbit Holes.
Wooden Wonders custom designs and builds playhouses, garden sheds, and other outdoor structures. Their signature design is based on the concept of a Hobbit hole.
Says the Melissa Pillsbury: "Each Hobbit Hole is custom built from natural materials that primarily come from local sawmills and other locally-owned businesses. The inspiration for the business came from Rocy's desire to exercise his creative muscle in a way that utilized his carpentry skills, while having a schedule that allowed him to be closer to home and their two lovely little Hobbits, Richard and Maxximus."
The inspiration for the Hobbit Hole products comes from reading the Tolkien classics, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as a child and being inspired by the striking imagery from the books in the descriptions of the Hobbits' homes. Inspiring a sense of wonder and creativity is what Wooden Wonders products are all about. Rocy and Melissa would love to some day expand the Wooden Wonders product line to a wide array of fantastical structures, but for now the focus is on "Hobbit Holes for Work or Play."
To see more of their Hobbit™ Holes visit their Etsy profile: etsy.com/people/HobbitHoles or their website, wooden-wonders.com.
The Killer Convo
This blog is a is a killer roundup of all arts, entertainment, brewery & distillery, food trucks, happy hour happenings in the Midcoast Maine. Feel free to email me anything about Midcoast arts, entertainment & the creative economy.