We did it! After a very long and uncertain start the Spider Web Farm doors swung open and we sold our very first newly collected webs in August. Will would have been so proud.
The wreath has been hung by the door with care to show that Christmas time has arrived at the farm.
Now as we close the door and hang the wreath on this first year we’re very grateful for all our faithful friends and new visitors. We’re making plans for next year and hoping our spiders get through their long hibernation safely.
Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a safe, healthy and happy New Year.
Terry Knight and Will Jr.
Spiderweb in progress!
Our brief web collecting season is too quickly coming to a close. We were hopeful but uncertain as we put up the racks in the spring. We were anxious as we transplanted our spider eggs after a long winter and even more so as son Will began collecting.
Of course things did not get off to a smooth start, but our little workers did begin work and we collected a number of webs although not as many as we wished. We hosted both first time visitors and returning friends, so were happy we had webs to show them. Thank you all for providing the support needed to keep the Spider Web Farm going.
We plan to officially close October 15, but will be available weekends until Thanksgiving and by appointment. You may want to call as well. We have a lot of winterizing to do and may not always be available.
Summer is here at Spider Web Farm. We have web racks hanging, our spiders are working and we have something of a store but we are not quite up to full speed. Too many obstacles so far and it will take a bit longer for us to have the quantities we would like. Please be patient.
Will Jr. and I can’t give the time that Will did to his passion. As I said, our little weavers are working, we’ve collected some webs and put some plaques on our new display shelves. What we do collect seems to go right out the door and we’re trying to increase production. Plus, we’re trying to put the finishing touches on the store. Whew!
You’ll find us open to visitors Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm and will gladly show you around and share our story with you. Thanks for your patience. We look forward to your visit.
It’s been a slow process, but we can see the possibilities ahead. After a two year hiatus, the Spider Web Farm is coming back to life. It’s been so hard not only without our barn, but moistly without our Will. He was our leader.
He would be happy to see that we captured and transferred spider eggs this year and that they are growing in their little racks. We’ve given them time to get bigger and hope to start collecting soon. Hopefully we will have webs available in mid-July.
Because the fire destroyed all our inventory, we’re starting from scratch and are limiting our hours considerably. We’ll be available Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5PM. While we may not have much to sell at the start, I’ll be glad to fill you in on the collecting process, spiders and of course Will.
Please drop by to see our progress and share your memories of Will.
Although the Spider Web Farm is but a shadow of its former “glory” it’s coming along slowly but surely. As usual nothing is as simple as it sounds and after a long summer filled with delays and problems we have our new shop, a section of which will hold out future displays of our lovely Spider Web Plaques.
Our racks are up and if you stop by you’ll probably see some spiders at work, but because of electrical delays we were unable to collect this summer. Since our inventory of webs was destroyed by the fire, we won’t have webs available until spring.
Meanwhile our spiders are busy on our front porch and we expect to find some good spider eggs ready to hatch come spring.
It’s been a sad year without Will and the flurry of activity with visitors enjoying our little operation. If you happen to be in the area please feel free to stop, take a photo of the racks and, if we’re around, say hello. We don’t have webs to sell, we’d be happy to talk about the good old days with Will and explain our plans to continue our Spider Web Farm.
Our new shop is rapidly coming along. Sometimes I wake up and it’s as though elves have been working on it overnight! But it’s really our dedicated builder and his crew that have made this happen. And all this happened this week! Will would have been so pleased to see it come together this way.
I’ll post another picture update on our progress next week. I guess we’d better start getting some plaques ready for the grand opening – hope to see you here.
As promised here is a look at the progress of our shop rebuilding. The excavation is complete and we have the base for the new building. Now we’re just waiting for the concrete.
Possibly sensing that something is different this year, our spiders haven’t been as productive as usual. It could also be due to the wet spring and early summer we’ve had. As the building progresses we hope to start collecting webs, making plaques and generally getting ready to greet you in the fall. Stay tuned.
How do you fill the big hole in your life? Whether it’s a building or a loved one, when you’ve loved something for most of your lifetime the hole will never truly be filled. What to do?
Will loved his Spider Web Farm almost as much as he loved his family. So it seemed only natural to rebuild a building; not with a replica but with a place to carry on with his work. That’s easier said than done but we will do it.
Replacing Will will never happen; he was one of a kind. He did teach Will Jr. well though and did leave materials sufficient to carry on in his name. I will continue to talk our way through with my knowledge of spiders and stories galore.
Please watch our website. We thought we would be open by summer but costs have slowed the project. (To help see our GoFundMe page.) We’re working towards mid August or September and will keep you posted.
The web frames are up and the caution sign is out.
Spring has sprung, or so they tell us since it has been cooler and wetter than normal. Will has set out the web collecting frames to get our little workers thinking about spinning.
Plans are underway for a new shop; it won’t be as big as the old barn but we hope it will have close to the same display space. Will has been thinking about what is really needed in the wood working shop.
It may be a while before we have some of signature web plaques for sale. Even when the spiders start spinning and we have some plaques to put them on we’ll need some for display to start out with. So we are asking that you call ahead to check on what we have or watch the site for the announcement that we have the first batch.
We’ve already had old friends and customers show up to see for themselves what the fire did and to offer support. Since we don’t have regular hours right now we appreciate a call in advance of your visit.
We will be posting pictures here as the construction starts and we have those first webs. Thank you for your interest and support and don’t forget that our GoFundMe page is still active.
The students from Williamstown Elementary School with Will. This shows the card they made (top) as well as the check and delicious apple pie with a spider design crust.
Our recent fire has made for a tough couple of weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day. But our neighbors and friends have really gone the extra mile in helping us. We especially appreciated a group of students from the elementary school who came by to give us money they collected as well as a special gift.
The students chose us as their community project this holiday season. It turns out that many of them have visited the farm in the past for tours I give for school kids. I focus on how amazing spiders are and how beneficial they are to us in so many ways.
The students had held a coin drop to help us with the clean-up and rebuilding. They also made a very nice spider card for the presentation and a tasty apple pie with a spider design crust. (see below).
The sight of them trooping up the hill to the farm, the thoughtfulness of the presentation and just that they chose us brought tears to my eyes. It was all captured by our local news team and you can see the report on their site. (http://bit.ly/2gf8xzq)
This all happened just days after a fundraiser dinner/dance put on by some of our friends. That was also a touching moment when they presented us with the check. I got choked up that night also.
In this time of thanksgiving Mother and I are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire (including our cat) and for the thoughtfulness of our neighbors and visitors. We are truly thankful and blessed.