Topic: Crafts

Terrarium Buildings | Vermont in Miniature

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In “New England Under Glass,” Tovah Martin took everything we love about the New England landscape and captured it in a series of lovely terrariums.

New England Terrariums

New England Under Glass | New England-Inspired Terrariums

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While searching for terrarium accessories, we came across the work of Dave Camber of Creative Laser Design in Lyndonville, Vermont. Dave is an engineer, but his passion is model trains; in his spare time, he designs, cuts, and builds miniature basswood replicas of real buildings in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and parts of New Hampshire. Many of his models are drawn from Lyndonville, including the Dairy Association building, now home to the Bag Balm salve company, as well as the old Long Barn, once located at Valley Farm in Lyndon Center (it burned down in the late 1960s). He’s even designed replicas of three barns that still stand on the farm where his grandmother was raised (one of them appears in our “Farm” terrarium, photo opposite).

Dave and his wife, Sue, sell the models as DIY kits, and we spent two happy evenings assembling and painting ours (one of them appears in the “Sugar Shack” terrarium, opposite). Because the models are made of basswood, we recommend using them in drier terrariums, or laying a barrier between them and any wet matter. Use a waterproof wood glue, seal (before painting) with a polycrylic finish, and paint both inside and outside.

To see more of Dave’s creations (and to place an order), visit creativelaserdesign.com or call 802-626-9254. 

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