Jackie and Mike Harbin are crafty. They lead a lot of the craft classes at Ijams plus the Family Drum Circle gatherings on some Sundays on the plaza.
One of Mike's specialties is making replicas of the Smoky Mountain historic cabins out of recycled items: Popsicle sticks, matches, cardboard, gravel.
Recently he duplicated the Ephraim Bales cabin on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and gave it to me. Woohoo.
Ephraim was my great-great grand uncle. Granddad Homer Bales was born in Uncle Ephraim's cabin on January 5, 1899.
Many thanks, Mike. You've created a family heirloom I'll treasure forever.
- Photos by Rex McDaniel
|Ephraim Bales home place|