The 2018 Meander Art Crawl will be held on Oct. 5, 6, and 7, and will display artwork from 38 area artists at 29 locations in Southwest Minnesota, stretching from Granite Falls to Big Stone Lake, northwest of Ortonville.

 

The 2018 Meander Art Crawl will be held on Oct. 5, 6, and 7, and will display artwork from 38 area artists at 29 locations in Southwest Minnesota, stretching from Granite Falls to Big Stone Lake, northwest of Ortonville.

This year’s featured artists are Dale and Jo Pederson, who have participated in Meander since its inception, and who also helped create the art crawl 15 years ago.

Dale is from the area, and Jo is from Elko originally - just south of Minneapolis. The two moved from the cities and came back to the area to live, where Dale built a timber-frame house for them to call home.

Dale and Jo pride themselves as willow furniture and timber-frame artists. Dale’s craft lies within timber-frame, and Jo’s lies in creating furniture from willow.

“I talked to a friend from Minneapolis who made willow chairs, and she taught me how to make them. Another friend of mine made baskets,” said Jo, who has been crafting willow furniture for over 30 years now.

In addition to creating rustic furniture, Dale has had a passion for timber framing for over 30 years, and has studied and worked with other timber craftsmen.

All of the buildings at the Pederson’s farmsite are timber framed and were built by Dale.

Dale’s workshop is a delightful mashup of antique and modern tools used to create the heavy beams used in timber framing. Although he uses traditional tools, he also has power tools at his disposal.

For those unfamiliar with timber frame construction, heavy wooden beams are joined together by mortise and tenon joints and then secured with wooden pegs to become the supporting structure of a building. The technique has been used for centuries.

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