The Purple Pomegranate, a fine craft specialty store, is featuring work by Lakeside resident, Dixie Wajdic during the month of June. Dixie’s woodworking shop overlooks beautiful Flathead Lake and surrounding mountains and this view helps to inspire her to create one of a kind wood items. A friend gave her several fence posts in the mid nineties and challenged her to create with them. After cutting open a fence post, Dixie was amazed at the natural color and beauty inside along with the unique character outside. Thus her business, The Boundary Line, was born.
Dixie’s passion is to hold on to Montana heritage by using old fence posts in her work. Her family vacations are spent searching for old juniper and cedar fence posts that might have been in the landscape for over 100 years. The history and beauty in this wood is revealed when Dixie turns the fence posts on her lathe creating vases, lamps, and candle holders.
Dixie says that the character of the fence post always determines the type of piece to be created. Care is taken to shape the piece without altering each post’s distinctive personality. Since no two fence posts are alike, there will never be two items the same. No stain or color is used in the process so that the natural beauty of the wood shines through. The idea of recycling is important to Dixie as otherwise the posts would be thrown in piles and burned. She uses the entire fence post in her work and the remaining chips are used in her wood stove.
Join us for the opening reception during Whitefish Gallery Night, Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 6-9 PM. Dixie’s work will be displayed during the opening and throughout the month of June.