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Bear Creek Creations crafts for market

Scott Birdsall, right, sells his metal art every Saturday at the Sequim Farmer’s Market.  - Submitted photo
Scott Birdsall, right, sells his metal art every Saturday at the Sequim Farmer’s Market.
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Scott Birdsall from Bear Creek Creations always brings something new to the market.

In his second year as a vendor, he creates a great variety of metal signs, clocks and garden art. His passion for metal work began early and there is no end in sight.

Scott grew up in Los Angeles, Calif. His father was a wood worker.  Scott had a love for tools from the time he was kid and by junior high school had bought his first oxygen acetylene torch in order to heat up and cut metal.  Then in high school he bought an arc welder and was off and running.

Scott spent some time in trade school where he learned about auto, machine and motorcycle repair. During that time he built a trailer, his first big accomplishment that he then sold.

Scott found Sequim when he was 19.  His friend’s parents had moved up here, so Scott and his pal on the day after Christmas 1979 drove up in an old Chrysler Cordoba.

He met with Eve Bartlett of Joy Realty, who showed him a “chunk of woods” and he put money down on it.

He went home to his parents and then at age 26, with a trailer and his wife they moved up to the “chunk of woods” and he began building their house, “and I never looked back,” he laughs.  He also laughs and says, “I am still building the house.”

A few years ago he took a metal work course at Peninsula College where he was introduced to a plasma cutter.

“This was technology I hadn’t been around and I had to buy one. This type of work includes computers, tools and technology, all my favorite boy toys.”

He also saw in Popular Mechanics magazine a computer-controlled cutting table and thought, “I could do something with this!” So he has brought all the pieces together and is making some fantastic pieces at the market. His pieces he says, “started rudimentary and are evolving.”

The response from the customers he says is “good and growing.”  He tells me he finds himself doing more and more challenging and complex pieces, as well as more and more metal fabrication. People find him at the market and immediately know he has metal working skills.  He does custom orders.

I asked what he likes about the market. “The key thing is meeting the people and the hand pies are a big deal,” he says while chided by his neighbor Linda Engeseth from Crumb Grabbers Bakery.  He adds the “growing conduit of person-to-person contact is most important at the market.”

The market found him at a craft fair — our board chairman Val Jackson of Whimsical Woods approached him to join. He says he nervously came to the market jury meeting and that is was “an awesome experience.”

Now Scott sits on our board as a member and we are grateful to have him. Come see Scott at the market.  He has a great variety of pieces to show, as well as a photo album so you can see some of his “boy toys” and get a sense of the scope of his work.

On Aug. 23, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will be hosting the Family Fun booth from 10 a.m.-noon. On Aug. 30, the Young Fiddlers will be back from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The last Family Fun booth of the season will be hosted by the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

See you at the Market!

 

Sequim Farmers Market

Dates: Aug. 23 and Aug. 30

Times: Open Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through October

Location: Corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Sequim

Contacts: www.sequimmarket.com; manager@sequimmarket.com; 460-2668

 

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