Meet our instructors for 2017
Garry Kalajian is a master blacksmith specializing in both historical and original designs. Working out of his studio, Ararat Forge, Gary creates both production work and commissions. His work is distinguished by a faithful application of traditional tools and techniques. Garry has been a resident artist at Bow Middle School and Holderness School where he is now an adjunct instructor. He has been awarded three Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as a Master artist. He frequently demonstrates at public events including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s annual fair at Mt. Sunapee State Park. He has led workshops across the U.S. and also in Canada and Sweden. For more information on Garry and his work, visit his website at: www.araratforge.com
Tim Huppe is Farm Manager and instructor for oxen workshops at Sanborn Mills Farm. Tim attended the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire and worked in the construction and lumber industries, before joining Sanborn Mills Farm. Tim and his wife Wendy are longtime supporters of New Hampshire’s 4-H program and all four daughters are skilled teamsters. Tim has taught oxen workshops nationally including at Colonial Williamsburg, VI; Old Sturbridge Village, MA; Tillers International , MI; and Ferrum College, VI. Tim is also an accomplished ox yoke maker and is a past contributor to Small Farmer’s Journal and Rural Heritage magazines.
Drew is a professor at the University of New Hampshire. A New Hampshire native, he grew up on a farm and has had oxen for 40 years. He is a registered professional animal scientist for beef cattle and dairy cattle, and teaches a wide range of food animal and dairy courses, including the UNH CREAM course (Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management). Drew is considered one of the foremost authorities on draft oxen in the U.S.. He has authored 3 books, a number of book chapters, and over 100 articles. He has been a consultant and animal wrangler for major motion movies by 20th Century-Fox and Public Television in both the U.S.A. and Canada. Drew produced 4 educational videos about oxen and conducted workshops on the subject of ox training, yoking, and using oxen in both historic, international and contemporary settings. His international interests with oxen have led him to work with farmers, pastoralists and extension agents and farmers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. For more information on Drew, click here.
John manages the draft horse program for Sanborn Mills Farm and provides support for oxen workshops . John is a accomplished teamster, having spent a number of years working with Les Barden, for whom our Barden Barn is named. At one time John’s only source of traction power for his commercial logging and firewood operations was oxen. John served his country in the U.S. Army for over 25 years.
Tyler Allen is the resident ox teamster at Sanborn Mills Farm. He comes from a farming family in Lee, New Hampshire, where he grew up working with animals including oxen. As a member of the New Hampshire 4-H Working Steer Program, he began training, exhibiting, and competing with steers and oxen at a very young age. Tyler is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill where he received a B.A in agricultural business. In addition to working the oxen at Sanborn Mills Farm, Tyler keeps oxen at his family farm to work their woodlot and actively competes at local county and state fairs.
Michele Hollick is an experienced and accomplished traditional floor cloth artist. She has adapted traditional techniques to current media and specializes in a wide range of traditional designs. She is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and a SALI Certified Stencil artist. She has been making floor cloths for almost 30 years and her work is in the collection of many private homes and museums including Colonial Williamsburg. For more information on Michele and her work, visit her website at: www.stenciledfloorclothsbymichele.com
Lynn Martin Graton
Lynn is an experienced fiber artist. She enjoys making baskets from a variety of traditions including New England and the islands of the Western Pacific. Lynn spent over 31 years as a folklorist and arts administrator working for state arts agencies in Hawai`i and New Hampshire. Over the years, she has researched and curated numerous exhibits and festival programs, published educational resources for schools, and administered traditional arts apprenticeship grants for the preservation of traditional crafts, dance, and music. In 1999, together with Dr. Betty Belanus, she co-curated New Hampshire’s presentation at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and served as lead curator for the 2000 restaging at Hopkinton State Fairgrounds. She carried out a similar endeavor for the Hawai`i showcase in 1989 & 1990. Currently, Lynn is conducting research for the expansion of educational programs at Sanborn Mills Farm and oversees communications and programs. She has an M.A. in Pacific Studies from the University of Hawai`i and a B.A. in Studio Art (ceramics & sculpture) with secondary art education certification from the University of Guam.