Naturesmiths Farm & Studio
Lucy and Jamey Smith are farmers living on Pipers Gap Road just south of Galax, Virginia. They mostly raise Shetland and Dorset-Columbia sheep, but there are a variety of other animals on their farm—including angora goats, turkeys, and chickens. In addition to the livestock, Jamie tends a big garden, which keeps the couple well supplied with organic vegetables. For exercise Lucy grinds grain into flour, which is then used for homemade bread and other goodies. Lucy and Jamey are modern homesteaders, but they do occasionally visit the eighteen century for a taste of colonial homesteading. During these expeditions back in time, Lucy can be found spinning at her antique great wheel while Jamey cooks dinner in a cast iron pot over an open fire.
As befits practical people, Lucy and Jamey produce well-made useful goods. Including Lucy’s handspun yarn, hand-knit socks, gloves, and hats. Jamey is woodworker who turns bowls and makes tools for fiber artisans. Jamey’s work is plain and simple. Instead of striving to be artistic, he lets the color and grain of the wood give character to his bowls. Ironically, there is a lot of art in just letting the natural beauty of the wood enhance simple forms.
Lucy typically has fine roving for sale in variety of natural colors, handspun yarn, and her hand-knit goods. A sampling in pictured here. Her inventory varies, and thus, it is advisable to give her a call to see what she has on hand.
Since Jamey does his woodworking in between farm chores, his stock of bowls and other items also varies, but examples are shown here.
Note: If Lucy does not have your size or desired color in stock, she will custom make socks to your specifications. Since hand-knit socks fit your feet better than any commercial sock, this is one heck of an offer.