After watching this week’s toddler tantrum, contributor gianofer fields thought it would be nice to hear something a bit more soothing. You know…like a nice guy using a one hundred-year-old machine to make rope.
In this archival edition of Radio Chipstone, Dirk Hildebrandt, a historic farmer for Old World Wisconsin in Burlington, teaches contributor gianofer fields the peaceful art of rope making.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Dirk Hildebrandt is a historic farmer for Old World Wisconsin a Wisconsin Historic site located in Burlington where he oversees agricultural programming. At Old World Wisconsin, he keeps Wisconsin’s agricultural history alive through the use and breeding of heritage livestock and the raising of heirloom crops. He is currently working to grow and harvest historic varieties of barley and hops for their traditional brewing program. He has published articles on the roles of oxen and hemp in the history of Wisconsin agriculture.
Image: Old World Wisconsin interpreter Dirk Hildebrandt demonstrates how our ancestors made a key piece of farm equipment. Image courtesy of gianofer fields.
This segment comes from the Radio Chipstone Archives of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. See here.