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Former Palmerton natives have work displayed at Reading-Berks Guild festival

Published March 24. 2011 05:00PM

Ken and Carolyn Handwerk, formerly of Palmerton, are both juried tinsmiths. They and their work will be at the Reading-Berks Guild 9th Annual Juried Spring Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in Keystone Hall, Kutztown University this weekend, March 26 and 27.

"Ken does most of the work and I assist in some prep and painting," says Carolyn.

Both are members of the Reading-Berks Guild and have been involved in decorating the Governor's residence for the last two years for Christmas.

They have been married for 42 years and have two children and three granddaughters. Ken is a project manager at the D.C., in Lebanon and has worked for APR Supply for 15 years. Carolyn has been a receptionist for customer service the past 12 years at Valley Forge Flag Co. In addition to their full-time jobs, they are also tinsmiths and own Handwerk Tin.

"This experience has opened many doors of opportunities. The most exciting occurred ... when the guild, in their 60th anniversary year, had the opportunity to make ornaments for the Pennsylvania state Christmas tree. Ken designed a 6-sided lantern, which was encased in a 4" plastic ball. A bus filled with guild members and others, went to Washington and, at the Ellipse in the front of the White House, we attended the National Tree Lighting Ceremony with the President George Bush and his wife, Laura."

Two additional tin ornaments that they made can be seen at the capitol in Harrisburg and the Reading Museum.

"You can find us at various craft shows, sometimes wearing period attire and demonstrating tinsmithing. The Kutztown Pa. German Festival is one of the events we attend. We have also been involved with the Octoberfest Auction for Berks Community TV for the past three years," says Carolyn.

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