About GWC Makers

Genuine Wallowa County is proud to carry products from Wallowa County and Joseph Band Nez Perce descendant artists, musicians, manufacturers, and other "makers!" Each box we send is carefully packed with a sheet of descriptions of the people who made the items. Here is a comprehensive list with current contributors to Genuine Wallowa County subscription and gift boxes--and we will regularly add new ones!

Click on photos/logos to visit makers' website (when available).

forrest van tuyl, american forrest, alex van tuyl, cowboy music, cowboy poetry

An American Forrest is Western music. Country and folk. Ragged-voiced tales and wild, hybrid style, finger-picked, and strummed guitar. Poetic incantations that conjure images: a lone rider silhouetted against a sunset, the day's fading light, the unspoken bond between horses and people. Songs as detailed as tooled leather about old love, and new frontiers. An American Forrest is the words and music of Forrest Van Tuyl, and his work can be found in the Cowboy CountryWrite Myself a Letter, and Li'l Treasures gift boxes, and Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box.

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ralph anderson, geezer craft, whittled wood

Ralph Anderson is a self-proclaimed “Geezer”—retired U.S. Forest Service—who carves utensils and other interesting objects from quaking aspen and other wood, while shaded up at the Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland site (Tamkaliks), often in the dance arbor. The wood is sustainably harvested from stand-thinning (allowing the growth of bigger trees); the bark is used for dyeing wool and the poles for whittlings. Ralph's work can be found in the Wallowa County CabinBackpacker, Tea TimeDrink's on MeHand-Tooled Treasures, Fine Folks, and Into the Woods gift boxes, and Wallowa Lake, and New Zumwalt Prairie, Get Your Play On!, and Tea for Two build-a-boxes. 

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arrowhead chocolate, joseph oregon Arrowhead Chocolates started as a family business and recently transferred ownership to Jerry and Tracy Ivy and their daughter and son-in law, Sylvanna and Chad Dotson. The Arrowhead team makes chocolates in small batches, by hand, with an emphasis on the highest quality ingredients, beautiful presentation, and ethical sourcing and sustainability. AC's work can be found in the So Pretty, Cowboy CountryI Love YouLi'l CowpokeJazzy JosephTea TimeCollaborationsHome with a BookHand-Tooled TreasuresSo PrettyCOVID Survival, Predator & PreyWrite Myself a Letter, Handmade HomeStanding Orderand Saturday gift boxes; and Zumwalt Prairie, Chief Joseph Mt. and Ruby PeakGet Your Play On! and Yum-Yum build-a-boxes. 

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kristy athens, ithaka ephemera, ithaka literary

Kristy Athens is the owner of Genuine Wallowa County, but any time she has a spare moment she is making a weird, irreverent collage artwork of some sort under the moniker ithaka literary ephemera—many are available at The Book Loft! For GWC, she hand-builds envelopes from outdated calendars produced by the WC Photo Club. Kristy's work can be found in the Love From Eastern Oregon gift box. 

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jody berry, wild carrot herbals, wild carrot lotion, wild carrot enterprise

Wild Carrot Herbals’ Jody Berry, a fifth generation Oregonian, first came to Wallowa County in 1985 as a river guide. The beauty and abundance of wild plants have inspired many of her botanical skin care products that are all made from scratch in Enterprise. If not at the shop, she might be out on the prairie with her daughter, gazing at the clouds with a flower in her hair and joy in her heart. WCH's work can be found in the Self-Care Collection gift box and Zumwalt Prairie build-a-box. Photo: Talia Jean Galvin

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mariah blackhorse, lost prairie designs, sheep shed joseph

Mariah Blackhorse is the creator of Lost Prairie Designs: Inspired by the endless variety of colors and patterns in earth elements, as well as the connection she feels when working with natural materials such as feathers and bone, she combines this natural beauty into unique items that are also grounding and healing on many levels. Mariah's work can be found in the Earth, Wind, and Fire; ColorsDangles and BanglesFeather Your Nest; and Yes, We Can! gift boxes, and Zumwalt Prairie and Ruby Peak build-a-boxes.

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rick bombaci, mossy old troll

On the day after Mt.St. Helens blew its top in 1980, Rick Bombaci left New England to return to Oregon and make Wallowa County his home. An avid outdoorsman, he’s hiked more than 5,000 miles around the world, reflecting his travels in written word and photographs that have been enjoyed by audiences coast to coast. Rick's work can be found in the Li'l Treasures and Write Myself a Letter gift boxes and Greetings build-a-box.

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andy boyd, boyd blacksmithing, boyd wallowa county

High school student Andy Boyd started Boyd Blacksmithing in 2018. While apprenticing with local outfits Rusty Hammer Forge and Ugly Pug Forge, he has struck out on his own and is constantly coming up with new designs. Andy's work can be found in the HousewarmingDangles and Bangles, Wallowa County KitchenHandmade Home, and Gone Fishin' gift boxes, and Chief Joseph Mt.Wallowa Lake, Ruby Peak, and Day at the River build-a-boxes.

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meredith brann

Meredith Brann grew up in the Wallowa County, and has played music her entire life. She had the great opportunity to create an album at the OK Theatre her senior year of high school, so she could share the work she's put together. She hopes to continue making music, and supporting the community in that. Meredith's work can be found in the More Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box and Write Myself a Letter gift box.

 

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Kyle Bkyle bratcher, sickfoot flies, fishing, fishermanratcher was born and raised in Baker City. He spent his childhood fishing in lakes and streams from the Elkhorn Mountains to Hell's Canyon. His love of fishing and the outdoors lead him to a degree in fish and wildlife sciences, a career as a fish biologist, and establishing Sickfoot Flies in 2019. Kyle has been tying flies with inspiration from his own fishing experiences for more than twelve years, and ties each fly with care and with durability and effectiveness in mind.  Kyle's work can be found in the Gone Fishin' gift box and  Day at the River build-a-box

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lindsey briggsLindsey Briggs has been a designer her whole life. She’s also a farmer. Wallowa County has afforded her the opportunity to meld the two. She is working on a plant and mineral dyed clothing line to launch in 2021 utilizing sustainably harvested pigments and dye plants grown in her garden. She has refocused for the time being to provide handmade cloth masks during the pandemic. Lindsey's work can be found in the COVID Survival and Feather Your Nest gift boxes.

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david brunkow, brunkow photography, brunkow photographerDavid Brunkow began his photography business in 1980, and has photographed everything from blushing brides to the highest-level sports to corporate events for some of the largest companies in the world. These days, David is devoting more time to the art of photography. From capturing the initial image to producing fine art prints and ceramic art, he has maintained a hands-on approach. David's work can be found in the A Nice View, Home with a BookHandmade Home, Road Less Traveled, and Love From Eastern Oregon gift boxes and Ruby Peak build-a-box.

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bart budwig, budwig music, budwig moskow
Of Bart Budwig, Sean Jewell (American Standard Time) says: “Sometimes when Bart sings, I forget what we’re talking about. I’m sure he knows though. I trust him. He sounds like John Prine, plays like Hoyt Axton, and looks like well … Bart Budwig. He’s a cosmic country lawn gnome. He’s cherubic, cheery, and an old soul. Songs spring from the dreams of his noonday naps, and punch the keys of his typewriter above the OK Theater in Enterprise, Oregon. When words won’t take, he calls 'em in with a bugle of his trumpet, or a strum of soothing guitar.” Bart's work can be found in The Saturday andWrite Myself a Letter gift boxes, and Sounds of Wallowa County and More Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-boxes. Photo: John Rominger   

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carman ranch, grassfed beef, cory carman, grass fed beef

Operating from a fourth-generation ranch at the base of the beautiful Wallowa Mountains, Carman Ranch Provisions focuses on ranching practices that restore the soil, respect the animals, build sustainable businesses in our rural community, and grow nutrient-dense and delicious food. Cory Carman and her team seek lasting change on the land, in their community and in the food system. These practices result in a unique quality and complexity of grass-fed beef. CR's work can be found in the Cowboy CountryStanding Order, and Daily Commuter gift boxes, and Zumwalt Prairie and Yum-Yum build-a-boxes.

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janis carper, second chance productions, jezebels mother

Janis Carper is an artist and music-maker who has enjoyed living and creating in Wallowa County since 2001. She loves roaming in the woods and poking around piles of old junk, drawing much inspiration for her art from the natural world. Janis's work can be found in the More Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box. She also forms half of Jezebel's Mother (see below).

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whitney chandler, free range boutique

Whitney Chandler is a Wallowa County transplant who started her journey westward in Boulder, Colorado. Sustainability is at the forefront of her artistic process. Her business, Free Range Boutique, uses feathers harvested from wild game birds paired with foraged and found objects to create jewelry, hair pieces, and wall hangings. Whitney's work can be found in the Natural Adornment gift box, and Wallowa Lake build-a-box

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michele chapin, macalou pottery, macalou joseph oregon

Originally from Massachusetts, Michele Chapin has lived in Wallowa County for three decades. The name “Macalou” is the surname that was given to her while she served in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa. She decided to use this name for her pottery business, Macalou Pottery, to remember her experience and honor her host family. Michele's work can be found in the Wallowa County Cabin, Tea Time, HousewarmingMood: Seattleand Homestead gift boxes, and Zumwalt Prairie and Wallowa Lake build-a-boxes.

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jerry crandall

Jerry Crandall is semi-retired, but also drives school bus for the Enterprise district. He enjoys time spent in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, horseback riding, hunting, or working as a wrangler or camp cook. He has been a woodworker his whole life, and recently learned to build knives. Jerry's work can be found in the Hand-Tooled TreasuresCollaborations, Home with a Book, Serious Camping, Wallowa County Kitchen, and Jazzy Joseph gift boxes, and the Chief Joseph Mt. and Get Your Play On! build-a-boxes.

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leigh dawson, hobby horse, stick horse

Leigh Dawson came to Wallowa County in 1978 as a Forest Service employee, and never left. She made each of her children a stick horse, which they rode everywhere and still cherish. Now a grandmother, Leigh wants to bring back toys that encourage imagination and creative play. Leigh's work can be found in the Li'l Cowpoke gift box, and Wallowa LakeGet Your Play On!, and Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-boxes.

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erin de long, life other doodles, wood burning

Erin De Long-De Lyria grew up in Eastern Oregon on her grandparents’ farm. After moving away from the area and living all over the United States, she moved to Enterprise in 2017. Life & Other Doodles was born in 2018 and has become a new way for Erin to express how she sees the world and what inspires her. In many of her pieces you see scenes inspired by Wallowa County. Erin's work can be found in the Story TimeWallowa County CabinTea Time; Yes, We Can; Everything But the BeerGone Fishin'; CollaborationsMood: Seattle; Take a Coffee BreakDaily Commuter; Put It in Your PocketHandmade HomeInto the WoodsWallowa County KitchenWrite Myself a Letter; and Love From Eastern Oregon gift boxes; and Greetings and Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-boxes

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liz enslin, flora fibers, yak

A fourth generation Oregonian and retired anthropologist, Elizabeth Enslin has been living on her yak ranch near Flora, in the north end of Wallowa County, since 2012. She launched Flora Fibers in 2019 to pursue her growing passion for working with botanical dyes and natural yarns and fabrics. She dyes her scarves with leaves, flowers, and bark sustainably harvested in her garden and in surrounding forests and pastures. Liz's work is found in the Natural Adornment and Feather Your Nest gift boxes.

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joan gilbert, joan madsen

Joan Gilbert grew up in Eastern Oregon and has worked as a freelance graphic designer, director for Wallowology Discovery Center, and illustrator for more than 20 years. She writes and illustrates children books, and has recently embarked on a multi-year project in fine art. You can find Joan's work in the Li'l CowpokeDog Lovers'Li'l Treasures, and Storytime gift boxes, and Greetings and Get Your Play On! build-a-boxes.

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judy goodman, bgood bar, yor bar, joseph oregon snack barJudy Goodman moved to Wallowa County in 2009 after a career as a fisheries research biologist, yurt-builder, and science illustrator. She learned the art of chocolate at Arrowhead Chocolates, and in 2014 launched BGood Bars—handmade artisan chocolate energy bars. BGood Bars, which received a Good Food Award in 2019, is re-branding as “JÖR," which means “earth” in old Norse and also stands for Joseph, OR. Judy's work can be found in the BackpackerClean Livin', Collaborations, Daily Commuter, Take a Coffee BreakStanding OrderCOVID-19 Care Kit,  Li'l Treasuresand Gone Fishin' gift boxes, and Zumwalt PrairieYum-Yum, and Day at the River build-a-boxes. 

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janet hohmann, jan hohmann, jan hohmann wallowa,

Janet Hohmann says she has always liked to make things! She got interested in wool a few years ago, and enjoys using the animals around her as inspiration for her creations. Janet's work can be found in the Backpacker; Predator & PreyWoodland CreaturesFly Away; and Yes, We Can; gift boxes and the Ruby Peak build-a-box.

 

homemade jam wallowa county

Homemade Jam is a Wallowa County band composed mostly of family members. They have been a band for nine years, playing primarily at local events. They note that they are loved by the local community, and are known for putting a smile on people's faces! Their work can be found in the More Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box.

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kathy hunter, nature tales, kathy hunter wallowa

All of Kathy Hunter’s stories have been pretested by Wallowa County kids, many of whom know her from the years of Fishtrap Storytime on local radio station KWVR. A 14-year old artist designed her CD covers, and Wallowa kids feature as animal characters. Locals Janis Carper, Henry Kinsley, and Robert Webb mastered the sound for these truly local  products. Kathy's work can be found in the Story Time gift box and Get Your Play On! build-a-box

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jezebels mother, janis carper, carolyn lochert, wallowa county music

The pairing of songwriters Carolyn Lochert and Janis Carper results in a bluesy-rootsy-lively-lovely sound called Jezebel’s Mother. Soaring harmonies and solid original tunes cross genres of Americana, folk, country-rock, and blues. JM's work can be found in the Yes, We Can gift box and Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box. 

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toni jones, wool artist, felted wool, wool home decorToni Marie Jones is a folk artist, with no formal art degree. She works with wool using the ancient form of wet felting as well as the modern-day invention of needle felting. She designs and creates fabrics, which often become table runners and pads, purses, or scarves. Toni was born in Wallowa County; her great-great-great uncle was one of the first two European-Americans to inhabit what is now called the Zumwalt Prairie. Toni's work can be found in the Wallowa County Cabin, Woodland Creatures, Fine Folks Handmade Home,  Li'l Treasuresand Colors gift boxes, and the Zumwalt Prairie, Wallowa Lake, and Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-boxes

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seth kinzie, when I was tree, brothers retreat, kinzie joseph oregon

The original student of Shawn Kirchner—the composer-in-residence for the Los Angeles Master Chorale—Seth Kinzie is a contemporary piano composer hailing from the snowy mountains of Eastern Oregon. Inspired by the surreal impressions of Claude Debussy and the wild, jazzish voicings of modern post-rock, Seth has developed his own style of instrumental tone poems that he calls “euphoric nature music.” Seth's work can be found in the Jazzy Joseph and Housewarming gift boxes and the Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box.  

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amy kleczynski, wallowa artist, watercolor artist, graphic artist, nature artistAmy Kleczynski stumbled across the Wallowas by accident in 2005 and instantly fell love. Ten years later, she finally decided to call it home. As both an artist and avid hiker, Amy couldn’t have asked for a more magical place to marry the two. In the summer months you’ll find her on a trail in the Eagle Caps, paints and brushes in tow. From the mountains, to the prairie, to the canyons, she can’t imagine ever running out of inspiration! Amy's work can be found in the Colors, A Lotta Little Things, COVID-19 Care Kit Road Less Traveled,  Write Myself a Letterand Jazzy Joseph gift boxes, and the Zumwalt Prairie and Greetings build-a-boxes.

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kiyomi koike, sei mee tea, japanese tea, green tea matcha

Kiyomi Koike started Sei Mee Tea as a family business in 2004 (it’s pronounced “say-me-tea” and means “pure beauty” in Japanese). Her passionate journey started when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She began experimenting with green tea, and was thrilled when he was declared “cancer-free” five years later. Sei Mee Tea’s all-woman staff takes pride and joy in helping their customers achieve their health goals holistically. Kiyomi's work can be found in the So Pretty; Earth, Wind, & FireTea TimeClean Livin'Collaborations; Daily CommuterA Lotta Little ThingsLi'l Treasures; Standing OrderFeather Your Nestand Self-Care Collection gift boxes, and Wallowa Lake and Yum-Yum build-a-boxes.  

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Carol kortnik

Carol McLaughlin Kortnik is a multi-media artist who lives in Joseph, where she and her husband have operated the Aspen Grove Gallery since 1986. Through her business, Carol McLaughlin Designs, she creates a variety of 2D and 3D artwork and wearable art. She has received numerous accolades and gallery shows for her work. You can find her work in the Li'l Treasures gift box.

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todd kruger, kruger winding waters, kruger joysticks

Todd Kruger has been river-guiding with Winding Waters since 2005. His background includes working with troubled youth and as a master craftsman. He runs Twig, which produces functional items from recycled materials. Todd's work can be found in the Housewarming, Peace & LoveHandmade Home, and Everything But the Beer gift boxes, and Wallowa Lake and Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-boxes

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kathy leo, mike leo, khaos coffee, red horse coffee joseph, red horse joseph oregon

Khaos Coffee has been a small, family run, coffee-roasting business for twenty years, and offers their coffee at Red Horse Coffee Traders in Joseph. Owners Kathy and Mike Leo are committed to supporting small, fair-trade, organic, and humanitarian-minded cooperatives across the globe. Mike and their daughter, Caitlin, are the roast-masters, and son Garrett is the marketing executive. KC's work can be found in the Saturday, Housewarming, Take a Coffee BreakCollaborations, Mood: Seattle, and Jazzy Joseph gift boxes, and Zumwalt Prairie, Ruby Peak, and Yum-Yum build-a-boxes.  

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debbie lind, d.lind photoartisan, wallowa photographer

Debbie Lind has been a photographer for more than 45 years. Her education has come from workshops, books, mentors, and her own photographic and digital experimentation. Her creative inspirations begin with connection to images of the natural world, and oftentimes she use fractals to push and further shape her creative visions. Debbie's work can be found in the Woodland Creatures, Cowboy CountryA Nice View, Into the WoodsPeace & Love, Write Myself a Letter, and Fly Away gift boxes and Greetings build-a-box.

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carolyn lochert, she's looking back, lochert jazz, lochert lostine 

Carolyn Lochert's musical path has taken her from roots in a small North Dakota town, growing up in a large musical family, through Flagstaff, Portland, and Tucson—landing her in Corvallis, where she studied jazz composition. Carolyn now lives in Lostine, and forms half of the band Jezebel’s Mother. Carolyn's work can be found in the Yes, We Can and Self-Care Collection gift boxes and Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-boxes. 

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beth mcbee, mcbee unlimited, feather pillow, decorative pillow, oregon pillow

Beth McBee is the owner and creator of McBee Unlimited. Her motto is “Re-imagine, recycle, repurpose,” which is why all her fabrics come from thrift stores and yard sales. Her background in design, studio work, and world travel informs her approach and color combinations. She finds Wallowa County a great place to grow a business—a supportive community that has helped her be successful. Beth's work can be found in the Home with a Book, Feather Your Nest, Handmade Homeand Love From Eastern Oregon gift boxes, and Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-box.

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Sally B. Farms is a small farm nestled into the base of Chief Joseph Mountain. Wendy McCullough raises around 30 goats and makes soap using her own recipes. Each bar of handmade soap contains at least 25 percent goats' milk, skin-loving oils, and often wild-harvested herbs. Each bar cures for 4 to 8 weeks, and then is hand-cut and beveled, making it smooth and long-lasting. Wendy's work can be found in the Cowboy Country; Self-Care Collection; Li'l Cowpoke; Clean Livin'A Lotta Little ThingsStanding Order; COVID SurvivalCOVID-19 Care KitLi'l Treasures; Feather Your Nestand Yes, We Can! gift boxes; Welcome subscription boxand Zumwalt Prairie build-a-box

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scott mcdonald, joseph creek coffee

Joseph Creek Coffee is owned and operated by Scott and Michelle McDonald in Enterprise. They have had a love of coffee since before they were married—they shared their love of coffee with early morning coffee dates while engaged, and have had a morning cup together ever since. Scott began roasting coffee at home in 2012 and has developed his craft year by year. You can find their work in the Standing Order gift box.

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hope mclaughlin

Hope McLaughlin is a survivor of the Great Depression and, as a result, is well acquainted with handmade, hand-me-downs, remade items from the best parts of used articles, and, of course, with a Singer treadle sewing machine, which was a necessity. She recently received an award from the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce for her involvement with the Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild. Hope's work can be found in the Wallowa County Kitchen and Li'l Treasures gift boxes.

  

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mike midlo, midlo music, pancake breakfast, midlo timberbind

Mike Midlo’s a renaissance man.”
—OPB Music, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Mike is a song scribbler from Wallowa County. Although most MidLo concerts take place on front porches, for dogs, and around campfires, the songwriter does venture out here and there to sing in front of people. Mike's work can be found in the Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box. Photo: Kendrick Moholt

 

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kim morris, kim morris wallowa, kimberly morris textiles

Kimberly Morris’s pieces are crafted with the belief that all things functional should be beautiful, easy to care for, and last for a very long time. She lives in Wallowa. Kimberly Morris Textiles can be found in the Homestead and Attention to Detail gift boxes.

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heidi muller, bob webb, muller west virginia, muller dulcimer, webb west virginia, muller folk music

Heidi Muller and Bob Webb had been visiting Wallowa County since 2003, and finally moved here in 2012. Heidi writes story songs and songs of place with imagery drawn from this land and its self-reliant people. They perform across the Northwest, teach and record music in their own studio near Joseph, and produce the annual adult music camp, Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas. Heidi and Bob's work can be found in the Fine Folks gift box and Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box. 

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val nesemann, go figure, nesemann articulate

Val Nesemann began teaching art classes for students from kindergarten through 12th grade in the Wallowa School District in 1984, and worked with them for 20 years. The first versions of her articulated, re-positionable figures were made by elementary students from discarded file folders and brass fasteners. Each uniquely decorated “Go Figure” is now made of magnetic sheeting, which allows anyone to play on the fridge or file cabinet. Val's work can be found in the Yes, We CanHome with a Book; and Dangles and Bangles gift boxes and the Ruby Peak build-a-box.

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nez perce, native american

“Iinim wenỉikt wées k’uusnim qicxnew’eet soyapoo wenỉikt wées Stacia Morfin. Welcome. My Indian name is Takes Care of Water, my given name is Stacia Morfin.” As a citizen of the Nez Perce Nation and owner of Nez Perce Tourism, LLC, Stacia’s vision is to unite all people with an integrated approach to intercultural understanding. Nez Perce Tourism works with Nimiipuu artists including Amy Wilson and David Branas, Raneisha Running, Melvina Killscrow, and Stephen Corpuz and Natasha Longie of The Quilled Path. Their work can be found in the Dangles and BanglesFeather Your Nest, and Dog Lovers' gift boxes and the Wallowa Lake build-a-box.

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raylene oconnor

Raylene O'Connor was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but feels right at home in Wallowa County. After her husband said, "You must see eastern Oregon" for the 100th time, they decided to visit. "You're right!" she said. "I love this place.” And the process to relocate from Alaska began. In her free time Raylene enjoys knitting and felting her Knifty Bags or recycling wool into Spare Hearts. Her work can be found in the A Lotta Little ThingsPut It in Your PocketPeace & LoveRoad Less TraveledLi'l TreasuresWrite Myself a Letterand Dog Lovers' gift boxes and Zumwalt Prairie and Ruby Peak build-a-boxes.

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lynne nielsen price, lynne price, sacred salve, ancient healing salve

Lynne Nielsen Price started Sacred Salve Company in 2009, but she has been making her Ancient Tree-sap Salve using a family recipe, which lore credits to Native Americans and Lynne’s French Canadian ancestors, for decades. Three of the salve’s five ingredients come from Wallowa County, as do the cottonwood buds that become her Cottonwood Salve. Lynne's work can be found in the Earth, Wind, & FireSelf-Care CollectionBackpackerCOVID-19 Care Kit; and Clean Livin' gift boxes, and Wallowa Lake; Ruby Peak; and Chief Joseph Mt. and Day at the River build-a-boxes

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alkahest leather, leather goods, leather necklace, tera ptacek, dustin lyons

Tera Ptacek & Dustin Lyons met in Alaska and fell in love in Guatemala after running into each other at the same Spanish-language school. They lived in Ashland, Oregon, to learn to make Renaissance-style handmade shoes and then put a root down in Joseph. When they’re not on the road selling Alkahest Leather products at festivals, you can find them nestled in the mountains, hammering away in their little shop in the woods. Their work can be found in the Earth, Wind, and FireDangles and BanglesDog Lovers'Put It in Your PocketSerious Camping; Li'l Treasuresand Predator & Prey gift boxes, and Day at the River build-a-box.

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kolle kahle riggs, kolle riggs, kolle riggs lostine, jim riggs

Kolle Kahle Riggs moved back to Wallowa County in 2018 to carry on her family tradition of making neat things out of rocks and sticks. She also attempts to intercept that sublime light that seems to be just perfect in Lostine. Also, she likes birds and mushrooms, and plants; mostly huckleberries. Kestrel Arts work can be found in the Woodland Creatures, Into the WoodsNatural AdornmentLi'l Treasures, Feather Your Nest, Write Myself a Letter, and Predator & Prey gift boxes, and Zumwalt Prairie, Greetings, and Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-boxes.

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annie robinson, annie's silverworks, annie jewelry, lostin jewelry

Annie Robinson moved to Wallowa County in 1999 and formed Annie’s Southfork Silverworks, named after the Lostine River (the “Southfork”), soon after. Annie fabricates jewelry that highlights the beauty of her materials. She chooses stones and shells that catch the eye, which she believes is the inherent function of adornment. Using designs and themes that echo the stunning natural world around her, Annie tries to make the world a little more beautiful every day with her jewelry designs. Annie's work can be found in the So PrettyFeather Your Nest, and Fly Away gift boxes and the Chief Joseph Mt. build-a-box. Her sons' hot pads are in the A Lotta Little Things gift box.

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caleb samples, fiddle player, violin player, folk music

Conceived in Wallowa County. Consumed by the Eagle Cap Mountains. Connected through nature and music. Caleb Samples translates feelings evoked by the majesty of Creation, the keep-it-simple local culture, and life's change-provoking experiences to his trusted, well-played fiddle. Caleb's work can be found in the More Sounds of Wallowa County build-a-box.

 

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clay sharp, sharp saddles, sharp saddlery, handtooled leather

 

clay sharp, sharp saddles, sharp saddlery, handtooled leather  

Clay & Robin Sharp have been creating custom leather saddles for horses, mules and draft horses shipped worldwide for 25 years. Sharp Saddlery also refurbishes and re-covers furniture, and makes smaller items, such as the things available at Genuine Wallowa County. They are happy to be back in Wallowa County after living in Alaska and Nevada. The Sharps' work can be found in the Cowboy Country, Hand-Tooled TreasuresAttention to DetailSerious Camping, and Backpacker gift boxes.

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stein distillery, stein joseph oregon, stein whiskey

Born in 2009 in Joseph, Stein Distillery is a family-run operation that maintains attention to detail from grain growth to harvest, and through fermenting, distilling, barreling, aging, filtering, and bottling. Every step is done by hand, producing the highest quality rye vodka, bourbon, rye whiskey, wheat whiskey, corn whiskey, barrel-aged rum and fruit cordials. From our grain to your glass! SD's work can be found in the In Your Cups, Drink's on MeSerious CampingHandmade Home, and Collaborations gift boxes, and Chief Joseph Mt., Ruby Peakand Wallowa Lake, and Day at the River build-a-boxes

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terminal gravity, tg enterprise, tg wallowa county, terminal gravity beer, tg beer

Located in Enterprise, Terminal Gravity embodies the spirit of the Wallowa Mountains. They brewed their first IPA in 1997, and they’ve kept brewing great beer at the forefront of their business ever since. Eating at the pub, under the aspen grove next to the creek, is a bit of a right of passage for anyone who visits Wallowa County. TG's work can be found in the Everything But the Beer gift box, Welcome subscription box, and the Wallowa Lake build-a-box. 

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the bookloft, book loft enterprise, bookloft enterprise, bookloft wallowa, mary swanson

The Bookloft has been serving delicious coffee for more than 40 years. About 20 years ago, they decided to create their own special blend of coffee beans. They had a special tasting event to sample various combinations, and the winner is now known as the “Booklover’s Blend.” It’s a hearty medium blend, perfect for pairing with your favorite book or good discussions at your book club. TB's work can be found in the Yum-Yum build-a-box

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mikailah thompson, nez perce

Mikailah Thompson is a Nez Perce tribal member residing in Lapwai, Idaho, and a student at Lewis-Clark State College. She was taught how to bead by her grandmother, Chloe Halfmoon. Mikailah says beadwork is an art form that holds importance within many native communities: “It's more than just jewelry or accessories. Many of us have beadwork that our great-grandparents made or that our ancestors had. When you receive it, it's supposed to last for generations and continue to be passed down. And this is one of the key reasons I am passionate as I am about my work." Mikailah's work is found in the Attention to Detail and Natural Adornment gift boxes.

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stirling webb, blown glass, glass art, moonshine glass

Stirling Webb is a glass artist who lives in Joseph. He opened a glass-blowing studio and gallery in Enterprise called Moonshine Glass Art in February 2019. He and his team of artists offer one-of-a-kind glass-blowing classes and demonstrations. Stirling takes pride in making glass art that he can showcase in his gallery, and hopes to blow and teach glass in Wallowa County for the rest of his days. Stirling's work can be found in the Self-Care CollectionDrink's on MeEarth, Wind, & FireWallowa County CabinColorsIn Your CupsA Lotta Little ThingsEverything But the Beer; Handmade HomeFeather Your Nest; and I Love You gift boxes; and the Zumwalt PrairieChief Joseph Mt.and Ruby Peak build-a-boxes









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bryce yanke, janell yanke, enterprise schoolBryce Yanke is a twelve-year-old student at Enterprise School. He enjoys fishing on river trips and on lakes. Recently, he started making fishing lures for fun, which turned into Creekside Lures. His lures are designed to attract trout, bass, and steelhead in lakes and rivers. Bryce's work can be found in the Day at the River build-a-box.