Jack Franklin Designs New Christmas Ornament for the 2023 Bazaar

Jack Franklin’s Christmas Ornaments Make Thoughtful Gifts

Woodworking has been a hobby of Jack’s since he was a teen. Since moving to Covenant Living at the Holmstad nine years ago, he has taken up wood turning. You may have purchased his cherry and walnut bowls and serving pieces at the Bazaar but in the last three years he has concentrated on turning sea urchins into ornaments with hand-turned wooden finials. A few small green sea urchin ornaments are remaining for sale on September 30. But Jack is pleased to introduce a new ornament this year. 

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The New 2023 Christmas Ornament

Jack hollows each wooden sphere before adding a hand-turned finial and inserting a battery-operated tea light. The light is on a timer with six hours on and 18 hours off. The battery is replaceable for many years of enjoyment. 

You’ll find Jack’s ornaments in the Wood Shop at the Bazaar.

Just Finished — 45.5 ” tall Candle Stand

Jack had a long piece of solid cherry. He did not want to spoil the beauty of the graining by dividing it into smaller projects, so he created this 45.5” tall solid cherry candle stand. The cup at the top holds either artificial flowers (shown) or a battery-operated candle of up to 3” in diameter.  There is only one for sale in the Wood Shop

Holiday Ornaments

The 2023 Holmstad Bazaar Wooden Ornament

Resident Jack Franklin hollows each wooden sphere before adding a hand-turned finial and inserting a battery-operated tea light. The light is on a timer with six hours on and 18 hours off. The battery is replaceable for many years of enjoyment. Find out more about Jack in the Artisans section. 

 

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There are a few of the popular green Sea Urchin Ornaments still available! These are small and would be lovely on a small tree or hung on a wire stand. 

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Norwegian Hardanger Needlework by Allan Dempsey

Allan Dempsey

     Forty-one years ago, Allan was looking for another needlework challenge. He had enjoyed counted cross stitch as a relaxing hobby but was ready to try something new. While traveling in Minnesota, he visited a needlework shop, and his hobby took a very new turn: Hardanger.
     The owner introduced him to this Norwegian needlework art, and he was hooked. Allan will be selling several pieces of his work at The Holmstad Bazaar on Saturday, September 30 from 9 am-3 pm. Come visit Allan’s display. He would enjoy talking with you about the Hardanger process.

Allan has lived at Covenant Living at the Holmstad since July 2020. 

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A variety of small hearts and other pieces will be for sale at the Bazaar.

Hardanger techniques

Hardanger starts with a plain even-weave fabric like linen, cotton, or synthetic. Then Allan creates an intricate lace-like pattern using counted threads and drawn thread work techniques.