I teach 5th and 6th grade. I’ve spent this weekend in meetings and preparing for my students. I’ve been working hard to make the most of my few days of summer. When I had an opportunity to head home an hour earlier than expected I detoured to Lapel to make a long overdue visit to the shop of Greg Adams.
I’ve been aware of Greg’s work for years but we didn’t connect until we were both named Indiana Artisans late last year. We later spent a weekend together at Marsh Madness in Linton. He surprised me last week by dropping in for a few moments at the Gathering at Garst in Greenville, Ohio.
(I didn’t realize until I was doing some Googlin’ for this piece that Greg and I both participated in a Traditional Arts Indiana initiative several years ago. I’m surprised we didn’t meet then.)
I sat and talked with Greg for just a few moments before John Bundy pulled up in front of the shop. John spent the weekend with us in Linton. Bundy Decoys are beautifully carved and finished and can be found in shops and galleries across the country. John is a character and once he arrived we sat back and listened to his stories. They are colorful and sometimes not fit to print.
I realized that we were experiencing something akin to the gentlemen that once hung around the Corner Drug Store in Noblesville, or the Liar’s Bench in Nashville or one of a million general stores, barbershops and taverns across this country.
It wasn’t long before we all parted ways to head home to family, a little better for some quality time shooting the breeze.