When Carolyn and Mark Cherry began planning a family, they decided that one of them should be at home. So when son Nelson was born in 1988, Carolyn quit her job and opened Custom's Last Stand, a shop selling imported textiles and other handcrafted items from around the world.
Then when daughter Claire was on the way, Mark decided he wanted to work at home, too, so he quit his job and became a full-time woodworker, making and selling twig furniture.
This weekend (today is the last day) the Cherrys are having their third annual open house, "A Touch of the Hand." They've invited a number of craftspeople from the area to join them in giving demonstrations. They include blacksmith and master bladesmith Gary Anderson, woodcarver Robert Hoy, jewelry maker and painter Mary Lou Manning, gargoyle sculptor John Bottomley and Ann von Gunten, who does Shibori dyeing of silk.
The hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Custom's Last Stand is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Custom's Last Stand is located at 2424 Marston Road in the village of Marston, three miles outside of New Windsor. The telephone number is (410) 875-2309.