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Primitive surroundings inspire trio of artisans

November 21, 2005|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

With a log cabin as their backdrop, three local artisans draw inspiration for their craft from its historic walls. Known as Log Cabin Crafters, local textile artists Barb Twigg and Beth Rockwell, and potter Janeen Solberg create primitive wares - hooked and penny rugs, dolls, ornaments, pottery, small antiques and woodcrafts.

Four years ago, Barb and Andy Twigg purchased the log cabin as an addition to their Keedysville home. The cabin was dismantled from the backyard of a residence on South Main Street in Boonsboro, which is believed to be the second time the cabin has been moved.

Most of the original beams and floors, interior wall paneling, doors, hardware and fireplace mantle were used in the restoration. A second cabin was purchased to provide replacement beams for the original beams that had deteriorated

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The original floor plan, including a central staircase and stone fireplace, was kept intact but reversed for the Twiggs' use. Reese Thompson was hired to set the beams and the remainder of the restoration work, completed by the Twiggs with the help of friends and family, took almost three years to complete, said Barb Twigg.

Doug Bast, owner/director of the Boonesborough Museum of History, believes the log cabin was originally across the street from Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church on Main Street in Boonsboro. From there, it was moved down the street in the 1930s, possibly as the residence for a coffin maker in town.

In 1992, Antietam Cable filmed a local movie titled "Legends," with Bast narrating many stories, in front of the cabin. The movie is available in the Western Maryland Room of the main branch of Washington County Free Library.

In addition to Boonesborough Days and the juried craft show at Waterford, Log Cabin Crafters displayed their handcrafts Saturday and Sunday at a holiday open house at the Twiggs' home at 21 Mt. Hebron Road in Keedysville.

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