We all love looking at sheep. But can you imagine having a life revolving around them? Raven O’Keefe and Ian Caldicott do just that at Wolston Farm in Scio, Oregon. They provided us not only with this blog post, but also with Raven’s beautiful ink and watercolor painting of their farm as seen from out in the field. Thank you Raven and Ian for this special treat!
From Raven and Ian:
Our little sheep farm is tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We raise our sheep for their beautiful wool, and for Ian’s profession, training herding dogs and their humans. As is true of most farmers, we do many things to bring in income to keep the farm going; fortunately, we have a wide range of skills and interests to bring to that endeavor and we keep coming up with more.
Ian has become a master stick dresser — the term for makers of handcrafted shepherd’s crooks and walking sticks — and Raven has turned her lifelong career as an artist in a new direction, wool sculpture, using the wool from our own sheep. We host major USBCHA sanctioned sheepdog trials, and every spring we have our enormously popular open house, “Meet the Lambies Day.” We encourage schools, retirement communities, and others to come for tours of the farm and herding demonstrations, and we offer “herding vacations” for people and their dogs. Always lots to do on Wolston Farm!
–Raven O’Keefe and Ian Caldicott