East Market Street Antiques , Red Hook, mid-Hudson Valley, New York state.
Dedicated to my friend and neighbor, Jean Augustson, who lived almost his whole life in Philadelphia; always wanted to farm; farmed in the Finger Lakes region of New York; and every summer and autumn shared with us his scapes and apples and garlic and Jerusalem artichokes. A man who was so interested in life and relished it.
A master artisan and mechanic, he loved craftsmanship.
He died on his farm unexpectedly on Monday, July 6, 2015. May the earth rest lightly on him…
Wonderful things made by hand.
This hypnotic collection was 35 years in the making. Sandra Mackintosh Buhalis began collecting for love of these shapes and of this workmanship. These are tools, implements and artifacts, signs and toys in use primarily in rural New York and New England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The wooden board which looks as though it is an African female fertility sculpture is actually a board used in an initiatory exercise by a young men’s society. (No further comment!). Joshua Horlocher was, of course, a clock maker or came from a family of such. The wooden head is Italian.
Sadly, the proprietor intends to close the shop in the autumn. I have thanked her and thank her again now for the concentrated pleasure of eye and hand her collection has offered us for so many years.