The closing of The Mannings marks the end of an era in support of our beloved Gallinger Looms, manufactured for many years in this East Berlin, Pennsylvania studio. Milo Gallinger's workshop and "spray booth" have remained part of the shop through the stewardship of Harry and Katherine Manning and, since 1985, Carol and Ron Woolcock. The imminent closing of this landmark on 12/30/2015 brings back my own emotional response to the closing of Osma Gallinger Tod's studio in Coral Gables, Florida where I began weaving in 1969.
Tom Knisely's memories of The Mannings over 40 years is a tribute to the wonderful people who have most helped to sustain our Gallinger looms. In addition to wishing Carol and Ron Woolcock the best of everything in retirement, I want to invite all Gallinger loom owners and admirers to use this forum to continue our stewardship of these looms.
In 2016, I look forward to sharing more memories and support for Gallinger looms. With the closing of the doors, we will be opening a window here at Weavolution for rallying the Gallinger community.
Happy Holidays and the best of everything in 2016,
Link to My years at The Mannings by Tom Knisely:
It is with sadness that I share news of the death of Josephine Del Deo with Weavolution friends and everyone whose weaving life has been touched by Josephine and her mother, Osma Gallinger Tod. She co-authored Rugweaving for Everyone and Earth Basketry with her mother who is most widely known for The Joy of Handweaving and the design of the Gallinger Loom. Josephine Del Deo also partnered with her mother in the design of adaptive tools for handweaving by handicapped individuals. The link for the NY Times obituary published on 8/26/2016 highlights her environmental preservation work. Josephine Del Deo was the driving force behind the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
What a great photo of her, and she sounds like an interesting person who made incredible use of her 90 years on earth. I was reminded of the phrase:
It's not what you gather in life, but what you scatter in life, that tells the kind of life you've lived and the kind of person you are. –Helen Walton.
This is a story of Provincetown I've never heard before. And my life feels richer just knowing about her. Sad, but so glad for the recognition by the NYT.
And I just love that quote, Sally.
There is a history to her life that should be retold to keep it alive. I will share with people of my acquaintance. Thank you for sharing it with me.
I liked the tail end of the article about her winning a battle over dwellings on the dunes. A similar battle was fought here, except it was a family who owned the land. The federal government took it and said get. Well now that it is public land it has more stress or impact on it than that family could ever do in 4 generations.
Agree, reedguy, and it made me want to compare her book about life on the dunes to Sand County Almanac.