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|6 SPIRITOF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1978 Being The Only Could Be Lonely For Ferff Pewtersmith Miller CHARLESTON -- For Don Miller, being The Only could be lonely. He's the only pewtersmith in the United States. He had no live teachers. And he has no per- ceptible competition. Yet Miller doesn't see it that way. In fact, his first and only apprentice will probably be his last. "It's not to say that I haven't enjoyed him," says Miller, resident of picturesque Harpers Ferry in West Virginia's eastern panhandle. "But I have to stick to pretty standard pieces -- I can't go off and do creative things because I have to keep him busy learning the basics. Creatively, I need to roll right now." Miller knew his direction back in the beginning days just as resolutely as he does today. Back then, he was something of a pioneer, learning the skills of coursing, planishing and dressing of pewter from text- books when he could find any that yielded helpful information. And he knew it was a lonely, .explored world. "There are pewterers who cast . . . in- dustrialists who spin.., but as far as we know, there aren't any other pewtersmiths." Miller will be on hand to demonstrate his hammered pewter techniques October 10 & I1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in The Shop at The Cultural Center in Charleston. Standard Miller items range from pitchers and bowls to vases and candlesticks. Special touches include brass and copper pieces, often representing quilt patterns, melted on the pewter as a contrasting overlaY. Each piece is handsigned with the Miller name and an 'R' if made by his apprentice. And all pieces are created by hand, a fact that Miller em- phasizes over and over again m explaining his approach. "I want to convey that I do everything with my hands," he says. "And it's a very limiting factor. I know, for instance, of a silver company in North Carolina where they only teach one function in the overall process to each worker -- each becomes very talented in that one area -- and then bring the pieces together to create the whole." "Yet, I do all of my steps. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to start with nothing and to end up with something exciting!" As far as Miller knows, pewtersmithing began in England with the Royal Com- pany of Pewterers, armorers who lost their jobs after the invention of gunpowder. Less than a century ago, he notes, pewter items were considered a household necessity, not a luxury. Today's luxury attitude stems from the high cost of the items. In the course of his career, Miller says, the cost of pewter has jumped 500 per cent. "I used to feel guilty about my prices, butI guess it's relative to everything else which is creeping up the same way." He's a craftsman who is also a purist, never scrimping on a product to cut that higher-than- average cost or compromising his ideals. "Handmade crafts today are 'trendy,' " he says with a touch of distain. "I never saw myself doing anything 'groovy' and I don't like riding the crest of anything like this craft boom. "I'd say that 99 per cent of them are in crafts right now for a lark. Not me. I started out before the trend hit and I'll be at it long after it ends." Miller -- his views and his talents -- have been recorded on film by the United States In- formation Agency (USIA) which is available for TV air play in 84 foreign countries. "I'm featured with Americans like Buck- minster Fuller in a series of five- minute stories about what we do -- it's a propaganda piece, sure, but it does focus in on my work." A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study shows the chance of fatal head injury appears to be at least four times greater for the motor- cyclist not wearing a helmet compared with the cyclist wearing head gear. Symphony Will Play Oct. 21 In IMHS The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will perform at Martinsburg Senior High School Auditorium on Saturday, Oc- tober 21, as part of its annual fall tour through the state. The concert, scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m., is being sponsored by Soroptimist In- ternational of Martinsburg, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Commission of the Department of Culture and History. The Martinsburg concert will mark the symphony's first tour appearance in the Eastern Panhandle and is scheduled in conjunct{on with Martinsburg's bicentennial celebration. R0nald C. Disinger, music director and conductor, will begin his second season with the symphony this month. Appearing wth the orchestra in Martinsburg as guest artists will be the Putnam County Pickers. Special musical arrangements have been prepared by Arranger Cameron Mullins, and the program will also include music by Handel, Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, together with some popular motion picture themes. Mrs. Norma Finfrock of Soroptimist International of Martinsburg is coordinating the program. Concert tickets will go oa sale shortly. Trailblazers Enjoy Report Of 4-H Youth On Wednesday, September 20, 1978 at the White Church in Middleway, the Middleway Trailblazers 4-H Club hosted the Jefferson County visit of Miss Neddie Singleton, an In- ternational 4-H Youth Ex- changee who recently returned from a six-month "working" visit with sixteen different New Zealand farm families. Local 4-Hers were able to see New Zealand's people, culture and land through her slides, narration and question and answer session as she compared West Virginia and America with! her temporarily "adopted" country. Jefferson County was her last official stop on a four- month tour of West Virginia counties which enabled her "to share her experiences with thousands of listeners throughout the state. Mter this most interesting program the Trailblazers proceeded on to Mi's. Peggy Grantham's home for the business portion of their meeting. Club members gave reports on their exhibits at the fair and thanks was extended to those members who helped Mrs. Grantham with the Club's fair exhibit which earned them a red ribbon. The main topic of business was the election of officers for the coming year. The officers named were: President Pamela Lockwood; Vice President - Cindy Mobley; Secretary-Treasurer - Donna Taylor; Reporter - Carmen Taylor', Song Leaders - Tracey Verhurg and Sandy Mobley; Game Leaders - J.W. Lockwood !and Matthew Howard. with all 4-H parents and friends are cordially invited to attend this meeting which will begin at 7:30. / Mter the meeting adjourned everyone gathered, outside to make homemade ice cream which was enjoyed along with cookies Served by the hostess. Motor vehicles in the U.S. consume about "328 million Initiation of officers will be gallons of gas each day, ac- held at the next' regularly cording to the Federal High scheduled meeting October 19, Administration. 1978 at the White Church. in Middleway. All prospective members between the ages of 9 and 21 of the community, along PUBLIC SALE From Route 11 at Inwood, W.Va., Turn East on Route 51 -- Travel 3 miles to Ellinger's Market (formerly Haines) Turn right .2 of a mile to sale -- OR From Charles Town, W.Va. Take Route 51 West to Ellinger's - Turn left - .2 of a mile to sale. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1978 AT 70.00 A. M. APPROXIMATELY 20 - 25 TRACTORS - Including Cubs, Fords, John Deere, Internationals, Fergusons, and other makes -- AIO - We will be offering a good selection of plows, cultivators, wagons, new and used rotary cutters, post hole digger, discs, wood saw, rakes, baler, grain elevators, corn pickers, and other farm related articles. TOOLS, HOUSEHOLD ETC. We will be offering CB radios and antennas, electric adding machine, stereo equipment, Am-Fro radios, colored and black and white TVS, copying machine, men's and ladies watches and rings, costume jewelry, electric sewing machine, chrome mags, nails, motor scooter, motor boat motor, Elvis Presley records, typewriter, assortment of cameras, fishing equipment, electric grinder, electric drill, sanders, air tools, sockets and adjustable wrenches, 8 track tape players, come-a-long, log chains, batterycbarger, 2 new 6 volt batteries, cassette recorder, am-FM radio with cassette player, tape recorders, bits, Homelite chain saw, chain hoist, assortment of car- penter, mechanic and plumbing tools, jumper cables, electric clock, trailer hitch, new tools, and other small tools. GUNS: Remington Model 1100 Automatic - 870 Remington pump. OTHER GUNS ALSO: 1973 International pick up with camper top. TERMS: Cash. Nothing to be removed until settled for. Not responsible for accidents. Lunch rights reserved. EDGAR A. BOHREt, SALES MANAGER 304-229-8354 AUCTIONEERS: MILLER & BOHRER CLERKS: WARE AND BOHRER WE WILL be accepting Farm Equipment Consignments for this auction. Due to our already having sufficient small items and tools, no household, tools or other small items will be accepted for this sale. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT HAVING AN AUCTION, PLEASE consult us. We feel that being of service to you would be beneficial to everyone involved. Sept, 21-2T Susan 8eahm Page At UDC Convention Miss Susan Beahm represented the Lawson Botts Chapter 261, United Daughters of the Confederacy, as page for the annual state convention held in Martinsburg. She was present for the reception held at Holiday Inn on September 21 at which time Shepherdstown and Hedgesville Chapters were hostess, and was page for the banquet held on September 22nd. Susan is the daughter of Mr. and Charles Beahm, Jr., of Members of the chapter tending the convention Mrs. Harry Burns, Miss Bush, Mrs. James A. Mrs. James Hammond, D.P. Lutz, Sr., Mrs. Puster, Mrs. Kenna Travell, Mrs. C.F. Wall Camilla Wiltshire. Miss Miley of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Kathleen Miley Arlington, Va., as they were unable to due to adverse conditions. BLAKELEY BANK & TRUST COMPANY Joins With the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce in inviting you to the Third Fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival From Friday Sept. 29 thru Oct. 1 You Will Have The Opportunity to Enjoy One of The Most Prestigious Events of This Kind To Be Held on The East Coast. You'll see over 125 Skilled Artisans Displaying and Selling Their Wares. There will be an abundance of enter- tainment All Three Days. PLAN TO ATTEND Member F D IC Member Faderal Reserve System BLAKELEY BANK AND TUST RANSON, WEST VIRGINIA 25438 COMPANY 304--725-7014 J Wall to Wall carpet installed byour own mechanics i i ii Be sure to bring your room measurements i i i i I,N IIHI Free parking in our lot ALEXANDER SMITH , ARMSTRONG , MASLAND , MONARCH Contemporary Cut & Loop Multi-Color Nylon Hearth Spice, Garden Spring $ A 9 S Limited Reg. Stock -B $10.95 Close Out Sq. Yd. i HILLCRAFT CROWNTWIST Heat-Set Nylon Twist Sunflower,Cloudy Green, Marine Blue h,. .owS12 's s14.95 Sq. Yd. i i H iii i Multi-Level Nylon Fiesta Red ,.,. ,,o. $39s s8.95 Roll Sq. Yd. i i ALEXANDER SMITH Fortron S0 Saxony Plush Polyester & Nylon Blend Gold Dust, Sage Green, Dusty Red .., .ow s 139s Sl6.95 Sq. Yd. MASLAND DUO-TONE Nylon Cut & Loop Light Beige, Moss, Rust, Blue, Tan, Copper Reg .ow $8 9s Sl 1.95 Sq. Yd. i 5X8 Fringed Accent Rugs choice of Colors & Textures S399s .,, 100 % Monsanto ,Nylon Plush Texture with . Mastat Static Control Radiant Blue, Beach Grass Suede, Delft Blue "* .0w s79s $9.95 Sq. Yd. i i LEVEL LOOP Rubber Back Tweed Country Green, Pumpkin Limited $ 4 ' 5 Reg. Stock s6.95 Now Sq. Yd. ARMSTRONG Acrilan Twist Sunset Cream , hg s,o. S900S )14.95 Roll Sq. Yd. SALE BEGINS September 26th q Swimley's .M.on,y thru ,turday, 9:30 aem. to ,:O0 pem. HOURS: Friday nights until 8,30 peru. "Winchester's Finest" . Conven!ent terms can be orrang,d I00urniture Store "'""'" " All items are subjectt O prior sale No phone orders, please 117 E. Piccadilly St. 'gn Ic0 Winchester, Va.