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Terry Jolls

Terry Jolls

Blacksmith

Knox Farm has a rich equestrian history. The 36-stall stables were once home to some of the best polo ponies in the country. Terry, a Certified Journeyman Farrier, will be onsite to demonstrate his trade and unique craftsmanship as he transforms horseshoes into pieces of art.

Diane Lehmann

Diane Lehmann

Jeweler Master

Diane, a certified Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom jewelry. Diane will demonstrate her craft and well as discuss the history of jewelry making in the region.

Scott Bye

Scott Bye

Artist & Sculpter

Scott will be constructing his latest piece of artwork during the Borderland Festival. His work, hybrid sculptural structures, are created out of a broad range of mundane, found materials and intended to activate the viewer’s imagination and encourage them to question their own existence.

Thomas Pafk

Thomas Pafk

Artisan Wood Craftsman

Thomas, a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, creates custom, handmade furniture in the finest Roycroft tradition. In addition to displaying his latest works, Thomas will provide insight into the Roycroft tradition and its role in keeping the craft thriving in the region.

Brian Trzeciak

Brian Trzeciak

Buffalo Maritime Center

The Borderland has a strong maritime history and this is no better re-lived than at the Buffalo Maritime Center. The Buffalo Maritime Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution devoted to wood boats and boatbuilding. Brian will be onsite constructing a wood canoe during Borderland.

Stitch Buffalo

Stitch Buffalo

Contemporary Textile Designs

Stitch Buffalo was founded in 2014 and began with the simple desire to gather and create. Initially starting with a single refugee woman, it has now grown into a thriving community of over 55 women from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Thailand and Angola. Each week these women come together to form a Refugee Women’s Workshop, sewing handcrafted goods for sale within the community.

Peggy Eisensmith

Peggy Eisensmith

Leaded Glass Artisan

Roycroft artisan Peggy Eisensmith specializes in custom-made stained and leaded glass. Much of her work is done in the Arts & Crafts style and she periodically collaborates with other Roycroft woodworkers by creating the leaded glass elements for their mission style furniture.

Pudge Designs

Pudge Designs

Artisan Cutting Boards

Pudge Designs was started by mother and daughter team, Lynn and Paige, with the goal of creating beautiful, functional pieces of art. Each of their cutting boards, using end-grain cuts, are as unique as Mother Nature herself.

Nicholas Martinez

Nicholas Martinez

Cigar Roller

Nicolas began rolling cigars at the age of 16 in his homeland of the Dominican Republic and during his almost 40 years of cigar rolling has worked for some of the most well-respected cigar manufacturers in the world. Nicolas will bring his craft of cigar rolling to the Borderland.

Marsha Orfeo

Marsha Orfeo

Photography

Marsha, an East Aurora resident, creates mandala inspired patterns from her digital photography. Elements are selected from each photograph to replicate in radial designs creating a dramatic and awe-inspiring effect.

Chris Kudla

Chris Kudla

Normal Bicycles

Normal Bicycles designs and builds wooden bicycles in Buffalo, New York. Their innovative production process delivers unique, strong, and lightweight bicycles. Owner, Chris Kudla, became inspired by the beautiful wooden bicycles already being produced and wanted to design and build his own hardwood frame. Chris is a mechanical design engineer and prior to Normal Bicycles he worked designing structural frame and mount systems for automotive (Honda, Toyota), aerospace, and industrial (ITT Enidine) applications. It’s with this engineering approach that he's developed a new strong and lightweight method for building bicycle frames from wood.

Laura Aldrich

Laura Aldrich

Keepin It Reel

Laura creates macrame plant hangers, baskets, bags and jewelry for the naturalist in all of us.

Masterson Garden Center

Masterson Garden Center

Butterfly Garden

Masterson’s Garden Center will create a Butterfly Garden in front of the Historic Greenhouse right before your eyes, and let you in on the secrets to create your own.

Urban Design

Urban Design

"Tiny House"

A local group of volunteers will display their newly built "Tiny House" and display an "Upscale Tow-behind Tailgate Trailer". Find out how you can bid on both of these. Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Holland and East Aurora.

Ryan Hoerner

Ryan Hoerner

Cryptic Crayon Works

Ryan Hoerner creates Cryptic Crayon works of original art from wood and melted crayon that will blow your mind.

SewREDI Buffalo

SewREDI Buffalo

Sewing

SewREDI Buffalo is a Refugee Economic Development Initiative in Buffalo that uses sewing to teach economic empowerment and provide opportunities for self-sufficiency to members of Buffalo's refugee community. The people we teach gain marketable skills as well as a place to come together and share the experience of making something from start to finish. SewREDI is staffed entirely by community volunteer sewing instructors and people with business skills, and we supply all of the materials for projects so that the folks who come to sew with us do not have to take risk to make products for sale. As each refugee learns to sew, they take a test to earn their own brand new sewing machine so they can sew for their families.

Claire Martin

Claire Martin

Spoon Carving

Claire Martin is from East Aurora and recently graduated from the University of Delaware. She has been an apprentice of Master Artisan Tom Pafk for the past two years and is studying furniture conservation for the next year at West Dean College in the UK. Claire will be demonstrating spoon carving at the Festival.

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