After 27 years as educators, Pat and Rudy McKinney retired and taught themselves to weave and work with wood. Inspired by Pat’s father, Rudy began creating items in wood based on 18th century designs. As an active Revolutionary War and French & Indian War Reenactor, he already had a great interest in that period of history.
Pat took up inkle weaving and when her father handed Rudy an article on tape looms, she soon started weaving on the tape loom that Rudy then designed. After numerous modifications to the loom for better efficiency, they had a well-functioning tape loom that was both versatile and portable.
Rudy has gone on to design numerous other items in wood, including stools and boxes. His bible box, candle and pipe boxes are made in various hardwoods such as cherry, walnut and maple. He has also designed a Jefferson style writing desk.
Pat and Rudy attend eight to ten 18th Century events each year, demonstrating tape loom weaving and showcasing other 18th century wooden items.
Pat and Rudy McKinney’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.