Many dedicated hands and hearts working together: that’s what makes a quilt.
There are solo quilts that are masterpieces of patience, fabulous fabrics, profound concentration and talent. They are woven, ironed, sewed, appliqued and painstakingly pieced together, forming storyboards of singular artistic beauty. (more…) Continue Reading →
On the Friday before the Fourth of July, as the camper trailers started rolling by on the Boulder River Road where it turns to gravel about 30 miles south of Big Timber, Carl Ronneberg performed a decade-old ritual. At the Main Boulder Ranger Station, a log structure that’s one of the oldest Forest Service facilities in the country, he’d spent the morning sweeping the floor and tidying up. Then he went out, raised the American flag on a wooden pole and opened the station’s doors for another summer season. (more…) Continue Reading →
BIG TIMBER — Jim Baldwin is standing in a rickety shed so old and fragile that it looks like it might not survive another day of the fierce winds blowing outside. He’s looking down at a large cardboard box brimful of dirt- and manure-encrusted books, letters and other documents. It doesn’t look very promising, but he’s learned not to trust appearances. (more…) Continue Reading →