Remembering a friend

1988 was the year that I moved to the beautiful mountains of Alleghany County, NC.  I was 26.  My first job was working at Marion’s Old Homeplace, run by Bud Marion and his wife Watana.  The homeplace had been Bud’s childhood home, a rambling early 20th century farmhouse, surrounded by giant trees and nestled just off Glade Valley Road.  And a terrific place to work!  Bud gave me a chance.  He usually hired local kids to either cook or wait tables, his way of giving back to the community.  Bud had a great laugh.  He was always telling the clientele stories of his youth, of the homeplace, and of local characters.    Bud was a great Host, he had such a wonderful way with people.   All ladies were called Honey or Darlin’. I don’t think that I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like Bud.  He was just such a great guy.

Two weeks ago, I was in town, just picking up a few things for the house.  I came out of Dollar General and noticed Bud sitting in his car.  I walked over to say Hello.  He was having a hard time.  Trying to find his keys and his oxygen line was getting in the way of completing that goal.  But he still had a smile for me and a story.  He didn’t know what he was going to do with Watana, the doctors had told her time and again to take it easy –  and every-time he would look for her at home, he’d always find her out working in the yard, pulling weeds.  He told me that it was a bitch getting old, he didn’t like it at all, and he told me he was ready to go whenever God decided that it was his time.  I got a little teary eyed when he said that, because I would miss him   And he said, “Now Allan, don’t be doing that, I’ll be alright, God’s going to take care of me.”

Rest in Peace Bud Marion


Spring Tour – June 19-21, 2015

We had about 30-40 folks yesterday and 50-60 today.  Thank you all for coming, we enjoy getting to know each and everyone of you.

Thanks to Scott & Kathy, Mike & Dee, Lee & Mary Pat, Jennifer, Candy, Seal, Rebecca, Edward & Pamela, Marilyn, Pat & Elizabeth, Gay, Susan, Marybeth, and Cathy M. and all the others who paid us a visit.

Two days into the tour and the weather has been fairly good, we had a little bit of rain yesterday about 4:45, and today we had a morning shower and another in the afternoon.  I believe that Sunday will be our best weather day.




16 Oct 2013

2 days to go until the Studio Tour, lots of last minute to-do’s, Gary is soldiering stars almost finished with these 50.
Have gotten “Air Bellows Sunrise” in it’s wormy chestnut frame this morning.   Hope to get “choose & cut” in it’s zinc frame this evening.
Hope everyone has a blessed day!


Amazingly, of the 20 stars that we made up a few days back, 36 hours after I posted photo’s of them on Facebook all but 2 sold.  So yesterday we cut out 45 more, today we will grind and foil, and maybe finish a few.
It’s Fall in Air Bellows Gap.  The Maples are showing their colors, along with the Poplars and Sarvice trees. Its a beautiful time of year.


Stained Glass StarsA few years back a fella from around here gave us a box of glass that had been removed from an old Baptist church.  The colors were very neutral, not the bright colors I like to use – so I really didn’t know what to do with the glass, it sort of got pushed into a corner and forgotten.

As we were coming upon time for the fall studio tour, I was trying to think of an item that could be “quick & easy” to assemble for the Christmas season.  What about a simple star for the top of the tree?  That worked for me.  5 pieces, about a yard of copper, and a few other things.

Just finishing up the first 20 today – 5 are already sold.