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Xntrix Studio

Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken

W625 Little Prairie Rd
Palmyra, WI 53156
Xntrix Website

Photo of Tom Rauschke at the Xntrix StudioXn-trix is housed in a hand hewn timber barn at the farm home of husband and wife team Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken. The renovated 1860’s barn includes Tom’s woodworker’s studio with a second floor gallery, as well as an enclosure for their pet chickens. In a separate building you can visit the plasma cutting studio where Kaaren creates her metal sculptures. The buildings themselves are surrounded by the Kettle Moraine State Forest, with a dramatic landscape of prairie land and tree savannah. It’s the perfect setting for Kaaren’s life size wildlife sculptures of deer, wolves, turkeys, cranes, and all manner of chickens, cats, opossums, and so many more. The sculptures are unique in that the design components are not welded together, but fit like puzzle pieces. Tom’s intricate wood sculptures are nature inspired and are often lathe turned, cut and carved from the native hardwoods of the Kettle Moraine.

Guest Artists: Tom Buchs, Chuck Kilmer, Michael Imes

Hohf Piano Workshop – Piano Restoration

Robert Hohf

N9009 Tamarack Rd
Whitewater, WI 53190

bob-hohf-piano-workshopHohf Piano Workshop provides a rare opportunity to see a truly unique workshop for the repair and restoration of pianos. Bob Hohf’s mission for the workshop is the preservation and continued development of the tradition of the piano as the embodiment of the Western musical tradition. A student of the piano for over half a century, Bob developed advanced techniques for piano restoration with many rebuilt pianos in the upper Midwest. See where he machines parts and all the other various complicated steps of the restoration process, while you listen to delightful informal concerts in his acoustical gallery.

Guest Artists: Donna Tronca, JoAnn O’Hare