It's a Material World

Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Wisconsin Man One of Country's Few Harness Makers

Harness maker Richard Savatski in his Waterloo, Wis., workshop

Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields interviews harness maker Richard Savatski.

If you're looking for a true horseman, look no further than Richard Savatski, who lives just outside of Waterloo, Wis.

Read more
Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Lynden Sculpture Garden Highlights 'Mingei-sota' Style of Pottery

These pots, by Minnesota artist Warren McKenzie, reflect the Japanese "Mingei" style of pottery, from the early 20th century. They're part of an exhibit at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect material culture contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Lynden Sculpture Garden executive director Polly Morris.

In today's globalized world, it's easy to spot the culture of another nation infused into that of our own. But it's also true that past cultural changes in one country can shape current trends in ours.

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

LISTEN: Madison Man's Vintage Telephone Collection Still Works

Pat Carew's favorite piece in his telephone collection is his Western Electric candlestick phone circa 1900 (left).
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields interviews telephone collector Pat Carew.

Most of us want the latest and greatest in technology and so consign our old telephones to the recycle bin once the newer models come out - but not Madison's Pat Carew.

Read more
Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Horses Help McFarland Man Fight Rare Cancer

Tom Duffy of McFarland picks up his new harnesses for the work horses he bought after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect's material culture contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a man who faced a life-changing event and is starting a new beginning.

Becoming a cowboy isn't the first thing most people decide to do when they get a life-changing diagnosis. But then, Tom Duffy isn't like most people.

Read more
Arts & Culture
8:06 am
Sat December 21, 2013

How Did Immigrants Keep Old World Food Traditions with New World Ingredients?

The garden shed of historical plants at Old World Wisconsin
Gianofer Fields

Lake Effect material culture contributor Gianofer Fields explores ethnic food traditions of 19th century immigrants.

When we put out the spread for our holiday parties, it usually includes one or two traditional dishes - but what did our immigrant ancestors serve?

Read more

Pages