The Pieropan Christmas Tree Farm was started in 1955 by Al Pieropan, who just recently passed away in the fall of 2018. In 2009, Emmet and Cecilia Van Driesche began a multi-year process of taking over the groves of trees, allowing Al to reduce his workload while still remaining active.
Cecilia is now in her final year of nursing school, while Emmet spends the rest of the year carving wooden spoons and teaching spooncarving. You can learn more about his work at www.emmetvandriesche.com or listen to his short, daily podcast by searching for Emmet Audio anywhere you get your music or podcasts.
We are terribly excited to announce that in late May 2019, Emmet’s book Carving Out a Living on the Land: Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree Farm will be released by Chelsea Green Publishing! It will be available anywhere you buy books, so please go check it out.
And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Email is often best, but phone works too (although not for texts because it is a landline).