Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Spinning Wheels
Frieda Peasley an Interpreter for Genesee Country Village stopped by the Tinker Homestead and gave Carol & John Aldridge, the docents and myself a demonstration on our spinning (walking) wheel and flax wheel. I later caught up with her at the War of 1812 encampment at Genesee Country Village.

A spinning wheel is a device for spinning thread or yarn from natural or man-made fibers where spinning is the process of twisting fibers together to create yarn.

The Great Wheel pictured above is one of the earlier types of spinning wheels, this wheel is hand powered. The fiber is held in the left hand and the wheel slowly turned with the right. This wheel is thus good for using the long-draw spinning technique, which requires only one active hand most of the time, thus freeing a hand to turn the wheel.

The Treadle Wheel

Irish spinning wheel - approx. 1900

Library of Congress collection

This type of wheel is powered by the spinner's foot rather than the hand. There are many variations, but the basic idea is the same. The spinner sits and pumps a foot treadle that turns the drive wheel via a crankshaft and a connecting rod. This leaves both hands free for drafting the fibers.

Frieda stepping back in time

Holding a Distaff attachment, notice the finger dipping bowl

Naturally dyed wool in the village

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Children's Saturday
Once again Tinker Nature Park welcomed the Avon Anglers as hosts to the Children's Saturday Fishing Morning. The turnout was better than expected. They provided rods, bait and a hot dog lunch for everyone. Participants enjoyed catching bluegills, sunnies, and perch in the Tinker catch and release pond. Many thanks to the Avon Anglers for making this such a special family event.

The winner of the Largest Fish caught was Autumn Harrison, pictured here with Avon Angler's Ken McGee. Congratulations Autumn!!!!!

Following lunch the Reptile Guys from Captive Lifeforms entertained families with their hands on reptile show at the amphitheater to a standing room only crowd.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

2007 ECO Camp
Environmental Careers Outdoors
Here's the perfect opportunity to learn about the many exciting careers available in the green industry! Youth work with landscapers, urban foresters, wildlife specialists, horticulture experts, golf course owners, and environmental scientists! A variety of fun activities are planned - you won't want to miss out!
Camp Details
Cost: $100/student
Camp is limited to 24 students
Dates: August 13-17, 2007
Times: 8:30am-3:00pm Daily

Registration: 585-461-1000 ext. 226
Who Should Attend:
Current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about the environments, plant care and landscape careers.

This program is supported by the following: Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care, Inc., Cornell Copperative Extension of Monroe County, Finger Lakes Community College, Monroe County School Business Partnership, Rush Henrietta School District and Tinker Nature Park/Hansen Nature Center.

Herbal Wreathmaking
This past Saturday many Henrietta residents and those as far away as Brockport came and enjoyed making Fresh Herbal Wreaths from the Tinker Herb Garden. They all turned out so beautiful and smelled great too, later a little girl walked in the barn and said it smelled like a pizza parlor. Participants had a great time and the horse barn was the perfect backdrop for the class. Classes are booking fast. For information, schedules and registration contact Rush Henrietta Continuing Education at 585-359-7805 or