The Coshocton County Beacon September 24, 2020 - Page 12

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12 • The Beacon September 24 , 2020

Unique gifts can be purchased at Roscoe Village

By Marianne Austin
The culture of a community and the people who live there is influenced quite a bit by the styles and colors of the area , so handcrafted artwork produced by local artists often has a deeper significance and meaning . Whether for a birthday , weddings , a housewarming or Christmas gift giving , handcrafted art is a perfect gift .
The shops in Roscoe Village offer unique ideas for a special person . Many locally crafted items can be purchased at the shops in Roscoe Village and the visitors center .
“ We have been very busy , especially on Sundays . Amish stores are closed on Sunday , so they come here , and that helps us out tremendously . A lot of folks come into the area . Our stuff is functional art , and it ’ s all very useful , made the old-fashioned way . People buy gifts for others and a lot of unique things for themselves ,” said Stacie Stein , education department manager for Roscoe Village .
Stein also has served as the blacksmith , weaver , candle maker and potter , which are all Roscoe Village crafts .

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“ An antique loom , now over 200 years old , is still being used by folks in the village to make rag rugs , throw rugs , table runners , placemats and a lot of little decorative things . Shawls are very popular ,” Stein said .
Daniel Boyd was the cloth maker in Roscoe Village in 1825 . He enabled people to make their own clothes before the canal boats brought factory-produced fabrics to the area . His original barn loom is still used .
The Foothills Studio and Art Gallery is another oneof-a-kind place to shop . The studio features work by local artists . All of the wall art has been done by partners , B . J . Taylor , Jack Hunt , his daughter Carole Ann Hunt and Melissa Maxwell . It ’ s also a working studio . Anyone can walk in at any time to find one or more of the four at work .
A unique collection of brooms made at the Hay Craft and Learning Center also are available for purchase at the visitors center : flat brooms for sweeping , children ’ s brooms , spider chasers ( round brooms with a long handle to get the spiders out
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Stacie Stein is pictured with handcrafted items for sale in the visitors center at Roscoe Village .

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“ We have had custom orders for Harry Potter brooms or witches brooms . We have some pretty talented people around here ,” Stein said .
Dennis Knight makes quality leather products at River Ridge Leather Company . “ The smell of leather , the sights and sounds of the men working takes you back in time ,” Stein said . “ If you purchase a knife at the blacksmith shop , he can make you a sheath in the leather shop . Holsters , Christmas ornaments , custom belts , he does a really nice job .”
“ We have pottery — the hand-thrown big steins that are pressed are kind of neat ,”
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Stein said . “ John Miller has his own studio on Sixth Street and a pottery shop here in the village for the last two years . He teaches art at Coshocton High School . Rachel Hall has Hillbippie Clay down the street . They each have their own style .”
Stein said businesses are friendly with each other . “ Our shops don ’ t compete with each other . They are a nice mix , and it goes well with our customers . Everyone is different . They each like their own style .”
The blacksmith shop was like the hardware store back in the day . They could make whatever people needed for their homes ( for example , hooks for hanging things , spikes , knives , axe heads , to name a few ).
The blacksmith shop still makes custom pieces over the forge . All you have to do is call or stop in to order a custom piece .
Retail shops are open seven days a week from 11 a . m . to 4 p . m . A few are closed on Monday . Visitors can purchase handmade items at the visitors center or at individual shops .

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