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Have you taken a workshop, gone to a concert or otherwise spent time with Scottish Master Weaver, Traditional Singer, Shanachie, National Treasure & all-around great guy Norman Kennedy? This is the place to share your 'Normanisms'- How did you meet him, what did you learn from him & how have you used what he taught? We want what he shared with us to live forever. Document, testify, perpetuate- he doesn't write anything down so we must!

 

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That is my beloved sister Sarah sitting in the back row (pink shirt) watching a waulking demonstration!  My lovely sister has been very fortunate to spin and weave with Norman.

Norman has been known to tell my sister she has made a bloody mess of things when she was learning how to spin using Scottish methods - he told her this comment with a smile and then proceeded to help her with the finer points of Scottish spinnning.  

My father who was visiting the weaving shop was invited by Norman to sit at his loom and throw the shuttle - with a bit of hesitation my father threw the shuttle a few times - Norman watched this process and then promptly old my father "Laddie, you are doing it all wrong, let me show you a better way".  Mind you my father is in his 70's and thought the Laddie comment was hilarous!  Norman demonstrated the proper way to throw the shuttle - a method my Father has not forgotten since.

Thanks for sharing that Martha, sounds like typical Norman humour! I guess you know that the waulking in the picture took place at the Summit County (Utah) Fairgrounds pavillion in 1998, as part of the BOW Fiber Festival. We were thrilled to have Norman there, although it was only the 2nd year of the fesitval & most of the attendees had no idea who he was (or how lucky they were!)

 I met Norman when I was 9 (or 10? I can't believe it was over 40 years ago!) when he was just starting as the Master Weaver at Colonial Williamsburg, Va. He instilled in me a passion for all things fiber-related, set me on my path in life & has been a very valued friend & Mentor to me ever since.

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At this point, the forum for [Friends & Fans of Norman Kennedy](group) is on the tab marked "Forums" up at the top of the page (or click on the link). Posts that are created using the "Group Post" link can't be moved over to the forum so please everybody use the forum for their posts, rather than the "Group Post" link? They're probably going to make that disappear and have the forum appear on the group page, but it takes the tech wizards a little bit of time to make it happen. Many thanks to all for their patience while the bugs are worked out...

 

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Posted on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 01:57

Last night I was looking through out  Weavolution and finally found the differend groups.  As I was looking  I found this forum about Norman Kennedy.  I smiled!  Today I was working in my Fiber Story (Yarn Circle) and the phone rang.....well it was Norman, himself!  He loves to call and chat with either me or my business partner, Martha Owen.  Anyway I always tell my friends and customers in the shop, "When Norman calls I am going to talk to him"!!  When I talked to him today I asked him if he knew that he had a fan club on this site.  He said that he had heard about it. So I told him I would join it and send along his good wishes for everyone.

I first dealt with Norman almost 17 years ago when I was workshop chair for the Chatahoochee Handweavers Guild in Atlanta. He was a delight and I really enjoyed getting to know him.  But it was not till I became the Resident Weaver at the John C. Campbell Folk School and a shop owner did I get to know him better.  He is a wealth of knowledge and I just love picking his brain. He is so willing to share information with me.  Also we have a lot to chat about because my daughter works at Colonial Williamsburg.  She and Norman love to chat about all that goes on there. 

Anyway we just love Norman down here in Western North Carolina!!!

Pam Howard

 

Posted on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 23:19

Thanks Pam, and a hearty welcome to the 'FFNK' group- I've been going to call him to tell him about us- I can only imagine what he'll say, he's always shaking his head and making that clucking sound at me but I'm sure by now that nothing I do will surprise him, & he shouldn't be surprised that he has a few fans out here in weaver's cyberland either! Thanks for joining us & keeping us posted about his goings-on, we are thrilled to have you!

Posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:31

That Norman is such a sweetie!  He speaks very fondly of you.  At this time is has traveled to the Portsoy Boat Festival in Scotland.  Maybe he will be gone for about two weeks.   

I do know that clucking sound...he is a real treasure.

Pam Howard

Brasstown, NC

Posted on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 01:57

Last night I was looking through out  Weavolution and finally found the differend groups.  As I was looking  I found this forum about Norman Kennedy.  I smiled!  Today I was working in my Fiber Story (Yarn Circle) and the phone rang.....well it was Norman, himself!  He loves to call and chat with either me or my business partner, Martha Owen.  Anyway I always tell my friends and customers in the shop, "When Norman calls I am going to talk to him"!!  When I talked to him today I asked him if he knew that he had a fan club on this site.  He said that he had heard about it. So I told him I would join it and send along his good wishes for everyone.

I first dealt with Norman almost 17 years ago when I was workshop chair for the Chatahoochee Handweavers Guild in Atlanta. He was a delight and I really enjoyed getting to know him.  But it was not till I became the Resident Weaver at the John C. Campbell Folk School and a shop owner did I get to know him better.  He is a wealth of knowledge and I just love picking his brain. He is so willing to share information with me.  Also we have a lot to chat about because my daughter works at Colonial Williamsburg.  She and Norman love to chat about all that goes on there. 

Anyway we just love Norman down here in Western North Carolina!!!

Pam Howard

 

Posted on Mon, 06/29/2009 - 23:19

Thanks Pam, and a hearty welcome to the 'FFNK' group- I've been going to call him to tell him about us- I can only imagine what he'll say, he's always shaking his head and making that clucking sound at me but I'm sure by now that nothing I do will surprise him, & he shouldn't be surprised that he has a few fans out here in weaver's cyberland either! Thanks for joining us & keeping us posted about his goings-on, we are thrilled to have you!

Posted on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:31

That Norman is such a sweetie!  He speaks very fondly of you.  At this time is has traveled to the Portsoy Boat Festival in Scotland.  Maybe he will be gone for about two weeks.   

I do know that clucking sound...he is a real treasure.

Pam Howard

Brasstown, NC