Thursday, April 20, 2006

Orlando Today: Glass Craft

West Virginia glass, from Weston in particular, is a world of translucent beauty. The ready gas to fire the furnaces began this industry in the early 1800s. Globalization shifted this industry's foundation but there remain skilled and creative artisans who continue the tradition.

Sandy Conrad of Orlando is one of these artisans. She sells her work at craft fairs throughout the region. A sample of her engraving is shown here. Not she also works in woods. Check out her beautiful stuff at

Here's a picture of Roger and Sandy (Burgett) Conrad. By the Bye, the ancestors of both of them include most of the original settlers of the Oil Creek Basin.

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