Hamleys western store in Pendleton, Oregon stays open late during the Pendleton Round-Up week (the second week in September). So my daughter, Carolyn, and I wandered in after experiencing the Main Street Show (my previous post).
Hamley and Company is a store that specializes in Western wear, Western art, custom saddles created on site, leather goods, and accessories. Hamleys is one of my favorite stores ever.
Personally it is not because of the Western wear, but it is because of the store itself. In 2005, Parley Pearce and Blair Woodfield purchased Hamleys and began totally remodeling and outfitting the store.
Vickie and Parley Pearce, co-owners of Hamleys, seemed to take the design lead. There was an outstanding, remarkably clear vision for the store layout and decoration that was developed and they set out to implement it.
The Pearces traveled the entire west to search for and acquire late 1800′s to early 1900′s store fixtures. Oak was the wood of choice when these fixtures were originally built and is therefore featured extensively in Hamleys.
Furniture and fixtures made from oak convey a timeless sense of strength and durability. The golden honey colored oak mixes remarkably well with fir and pine pieces. The overall effect is warm and comfortable.
Parley shared their plan and vision with me during his search and I was able to find a number of pieces for him. I also restored several of his pieces and even built a couple of pieces from reclaimed wood.
Thus when I am at Hamleys I get to ‘visit’ some of my old Shady Lawn Antiques (Walla Walla) friends. I’d like to share some of them with you.
The first piece that we encountered was a table that I built from 100 year old reclaimed fir. In our shop, I call these ‘Harvest Tables’. They are inspired by the long straight tables that the old-time harvest crews ate dinner on, at the farm. Perhaps it should be called a ‘Bunkhouse Table’ at Hamleys.
Nestled under the table was a railroad cart that I restored for Parley. This cart needed to be clean, free of splinters, have a smooth finish, but yet retain its’ vintage character and it does!
Carolyn is checking out the selection of saddles (but maybe she needs to get a horse before she gets a saddle). The saddle making shop is through the doors in the back.
This is a dome topped trunk that I restored. When this trunk was built there was green painted canvas between the slats. The canvas added strength and some degree of water proofing. Since the trunk won’t be traveling out in the weather anymore, I removed the canvas. The exposed wood was then sanded and refinished.
I built the bench in the local farm-style. That design features “V” cut legs with a “keyhole”. The keyhole eliminates stress at the point of the “V” and reduces the potential of the legs cracking. Next to it is a flat top trunk that I also restored.
It was fun to ‘visit’ all of my old pieces and see how they contribute (in their own small way) to the overall look of Hamleys. Even if Western wear isn’t your thing, you should visit Hamleys sometime, you’ll be glad that you did! Plan your visit around a meal because they also have a great steakhouse!
The second week in September is Round-Up week in Pendleton, Oregon, as it has been ever since 1910. The week-long event features the Native American Village, the afternoon rodeo (the Pendleton Round-Up), the evening Happy Canyon Pageant (epic story of the west), and the evening Main Street Show.
One night during Round-Up week, my wife Jill said “I have a meeting tonight so you are on your own for dinner”. So my daughter, Carolyn, and I made the 45 minute drive from Walla Walla to Pendleton and the Main Street Show.
Several blocks of Main Street are closed during Round-Up and the street is filled up with three performance stages, vendors of all things western , and of course food vendors…
We decided to start off with corn dogs and french fries covered with cheese and then decide what else we would like to eat. ‘Would you like the regular corn dog or the foot-long corn dog?’ When you only have maybe two or three corn dogs per year, of course we ordered the foot-long.
We had frequently eaten french fries with cheese when I traveled in Bulgaria with Carolyn (in July) and I prefer the Bulgarian style. Americans pour the yellow melted (nacho type) cheese over the fries, while the Bulgarians sprinkle grated Sirene cheese over theirs. Oops, I got a bit off topic but I wanted to use the pictures…
Carolyn and I had two corn dogs and one order of fries but we were not able to completely finish eating any of them (and we never looked for anything else to eat). Then we walked down Main Street taking in the performances and we met my friends Ron and Leslie.
Ron said that he had eaten a bacon wrapped corn dog… I guess that when we hit main street, we should have turned left instead of right and then I might be reporting on bacon wrapped corn dogs. Well there is always next year.
Until then here are some pictures from Pendleton…
Late this summer and/or early this fall, my wife, Jill and I were taking a walk around our Walla Walla neighborhood. We noticed that several groups of people were eating breakfast on the porch of the Green Gables Inn. “Hey we could do that too!”
So we went home and had breakfast on our porch…
OK, Dave, you wrote a post in August and then nothing in September… what is up?
Well my wife, Jill, encouraged me to create a Shady Lawn Antiques Facebook account. In fact she set it up for me – generally I would rather make sawdust or refinish something in my workshop than ‘play around’ on a computer… but now Shady Lawn is on Facebook.
Anyway I have found myself making quick posts on Facebook (and not writing as much on my blog). Please take a look…
It has been well over two months since I have written a blog post. Yes, my blog has been silent…
There have been plenty of things going on in Walla Walla and in my life that I could have written about. I just didn’t do it. Why?
Well it was because the ebb and flow of my hometown routine changed. In July, I spent three weeks traveling through Bulgaria (including a few days in Istanbul) with our two grown daughters, Carolyn and Charlotte. It was a great experience but it took a month to get prepared to go, three weeks to go, and another month to recover and ‘return’ to normalcy.
Carolyn, has spent the last five years in Sofia, Bulgaria. She started on a Fulbright scholarship and then spent four years teaching at the American College of Sophia. She returns to the US this fall so this was our last best chance to experience Bulgaria with her.
My wife, Jill, visited Bulgaria after Carolyn’s Fulbright year and decided to stay home this time. She said that ‘as long as I will be in Walla Walla, I will keep (our) Shady Lawn Antiques shop open’. So my travel preparation included getting SL as clean and well-organized as possible.
The trip was great. Carolyn planned everything including the itinerary, lodging, rental car, and even served as our interpreter. I got to ‘just go along for the ride’ and try to take it all in.
The return trip was not so much fun. It took over twenty-four hours to get home… The time in Sophia is ten hours ahead of Walla Walla – so night and day are essentially changed! I have heard that it takes about a day to recover for each hour of time zone change that you have. Ten hours… ten days… that seems about right.
Well this is to say that I’ve finally settled back into the rhythm of life in Walla Walla and I have found myself thinking… there are some great things going on that I should let people know about.
But first, here are a couple of pictures from our Bulgarian adventure. They show the Roman Amphitheater that sits on one of the ‘seven’ hills of Plovdiv. The Amphitheater was built-in the early second century AD. It was only ‘discovered’ in 1972 when a ‘freak’ landslide exposed part of it. It has been restored and special events are now held in it… imagine a performance in a 2,000 year old Amphitheater!!!
The first night in Plovdiv, we took a walking tour and here we are overlooking the Amphitheater.
The next day we went back to fully explore the site:
We were left wondering how an Amphitheater, on top of a hill, gets covered up until 1972 ? ! ?
The rhododendrons were beautiful, in Walla Walla, this year. They were going strong through the end of May. However when the temperatures rose above 90 degrees, the rhodies gave up… you could almost hear them say ‘that’s enough of a display for this year’ and they all wilted.
The rhododendron was selected to be the Washington State flower in 1892, but it took until 1959 for the state to make it official. Our house was built in 1906 and the rhododendrons have been flanking the front porch for a good long time… but not that long. We do think that they are at least thirty years old.
Fortunately I took a bunch of pictures of our rhodies, at the end of May, just before the big wilt…
It’s June and the temperatures have risen into the low 90′s in Walla Walla. When summer temperatures rise, people often slow down. That is not the case at Shady Lawn Antiques!…
This week we have launched a redesigned website and new store hours.
Jill developed our first website about fifteen years ago. It has served us well but it began to look a bit antiquated. Antiques and antiquity are a good thing but might not serve us well in the new technological era.
I feel kind of nostalgic when I think that our original website has just evaporated to where ever old websites go – it’s kind of like an old friend has moved away… but our new “friend” is younger and has more spunk! We hope that you like it.
SHADY LAWN HOURS
We are having a very good year at Shady Lawn. This has been due to an increase in the quantity and quality of our furniture as well as our overall inventory. Furniture has been selling quickly but fortunately we have a big stock awaiting restoration.
I have been working on furniture in the mornings before I open SL. However it takes bigger blocks of time to effectively restore more furniture. We have found another block of time by closing the store on Tuesdays, which have historically been the slowest sales day of the week.
Shady Lawn Antiques is now OPEN:
WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY: NOON – 5:00
SATURDAY: 10:00 – 5:00
Please visit our new website and visit us at Shady Lawn Antiques. Last week I added three new pieces of furniture to the SL inventory and will add several more this week…