Judith’s two non-fiction books are both biographical. Made in Saskatchewan is based on the life story of Peter Rupchan, a Ukrainian pioneer and prolific potter that lived in northeastern Saskatchewan. Ingrained Legacy: Saskatchewan Pioneer Woodworkers is a collection of short biographies on Saskatchewan’s early woodworkers from 1870 to 1930.
Made In Saskatchewan: Peter Rupchan, Ukrainian Pioneer and Potter
“Innovative, eccentric and industrious, Peter Rupchan was more than just another pioneer trying to survive the hardships and personal tragedies of early settlement. Considered a folk hero by some, by others as a genius in his own time, Rupchan worked his clay with a passion, fulfilled a dream and left behind a meaningful historical legacy. It is this character and those experiences that Judith Silverthorne brings to life in this remarkable portrayal of his life.” (Book cover quote)
Ingrained Legacy: Saskatchewan Pioneer Woodworkers 1870-1930
Ingrained Legacy features a rich, comprehensive selection of over eighty dedicated pioneer woodworkers who immigrated to the prairies at the turn of the century. All of them did their work by hand with materials available to them in their particular locations. Besides giving a synoptic look at their lives and a reflection of their diverse ethnic backgrounds, talents and abilities, this significant compilation provides hundreds of visuals of their extraordinary work and insights into how they managed to survive. The collection includes 400 black and white images of furniture and woodworkers.