November 2nd was the fifth anniversary of Kathy Forrest’s bowerbird & friends shop in Depot Square, Peterborough. Kathy fell in love the Schwedenfakel and wanted some for her open house. We produced ten; six ready to burn in various sizes and wood-types, and four pieces of furniture. The day of the event, Wilson got a small, black cherry log fired up. The smoke was a bit tough to deal with in the beginning; however, it leant a lovely scent to the warm fall day and attracted customers seeking the source.
bowerbird is an amazingly eclectic store, featuring home furnishings that range from “Shabby Chic” to fine antiques and even a grand piano. Three customers stopped by and played for an hour each, adding to the celebratory atmosphere. More photos are on bowerbird’s Facebook page. She also offers gorgeous, healthy plants and creative potting solutions.
Once the torch was going, we heated up spiced cider and sat back to enjoy the crowd. Though it was disheartening to hear folks repeatedly say, “Oh I can make one of those!” I reminded myself that connecting with new people and introducing them to “green” alternatives, is as lofty a goal as sales of the products. Everyone we spoke with was fascinated by the history of the Schwedenfakels and the simplicity of the design.
A lovely day spent in town, meeting new folks and feeling part of the community!