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A Life of Making with Cynthia Main

Mar 26, 2021 | The Good Dirt Podcast


Welcome to The Good Dirt, Episode 35!

Cynthia Main @sunhousecraft is an artisan maker in Berea, Kentucky who has built a thriving business hand making home goods. Inspired by the timeless traditions of Appalachian crafts, her wooden wares are hand made, often hewn with axe and knife. Brooms are hand woven, with a non-electric process, with utmost attention given to the details of each piece. The materials are sourced and harvested from local, sustainable materials. In this conversation, Cynthia discusses her lifelong passion for learning traditional agrarian skills and the arts of self sufficiency, from farming to building, wood working, furniture making and crafting the basic tools of everyday life. With many of these skills largely forgotten by our consumer culture, Cynthia shares the story of how she has made her way, rediscovering these skills for herself, teaching others, and demonstrating an alternative path through a life of making.

Listen to our conversation below!


1:20 – Catch up with Mary and Emma

Let’s get into the interview!

12:00 – Cynthia introduces herself

17:50 – The importance of mindful supply chains

20:40 – Broommaking and Appalachia

31:00 – Crafts, accessibility and price

39:00 – Claiming your own power

45:00 – Cynthia’s work in relation to The Good Dirt

48:30 – How 2020 has affected Sunhouse Craft


Sunhouse Craft

Emma’s quilting course – A Quilt is Something Human

State the Label

East Fork Pottery

Raleigh Denim

Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmer

The Way Home – Tales From a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle

Let’s Talk About Your Skin! Herbal Skincare with Militza Maury

Sunhouse Craft on Youtube

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