Form meets function in the gifted hands of local artisans

By Bill Newcott
Photograph by Carolyn Watson 
From the July 2021 issue

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Rob Fullerton owns every guitar he’s ever made, which is to say he owns seven guitars, ranging from a little parlor model made of Nicaraguan rosewood to a big, impressively resonant mahogany masterpiece that would look (and sound) at home in the arms of dreadnought aficionado Neil Young. 

“There they are,” he says, gazing with obvious pride on his wasp-waisted children, arranged neatly on stands against a wall of his basement. 

An awkward silence follows, because we both know I’m about to ask him what he’s going to do next, and we also both know what the answer is going to be: “Build another guitar.” 

There have always been those fortunate few among us who seem capable of taking a few sticks of wood, or a pile of cloth, or a pen and paper and creating from those elements not just serviceable objects, but actual works of functional art. Such folks personify the difference between a craftsperson and an artisan, and while there’s no reason why coastal Delaware should have more than its fair share of the latter, the evidence seems to suggest that yes, yes we do. 

And we’re not making any apologies.

Making, not just taking, winning photographs

By Terry Plowman
From the October 2007 issue

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Successful photographers follow the advice of legendary nature photographer Ansel Adams that "You don't take a photograph, you make it."

The judges in the first Delaware Beach Life photo contest (winners of which are featured on the previous pages) noticed that many entries had promise, but for one reason or another, fell a little short of prizewinner status.

So, here — with comments from the judges and permission from the photographers who let us use their entries as examples — we offer some tips on how to make a great photograph. (See the images on the following pages for more exampes.)

Local bike-or-hike paths connect coastal communities — and the like-minded folks drawn to them

By Jeanne Shook
Photograph by Rob Waters 
From the June 2021 issue

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If you ask Siri, “How do I get to Gordons Pond?” don’t be surprised if she replies, “You can’t get there from here.” Even Siri knows that some of coastal Delaware’s most scenic spots are not accessible unless the mode of transportation is bicycle or shoe leather express.

Biking the trails in coastal Delaware is akin to surfing in Southern California: a year-round activity so embraced by residents and visitors alike that it’s become an integral part of the Slower Lower ethos, earning the state national attention. The League of American Bicyclists currently ranks Delaware sixth in the country on its list of bicycle-friendly states. And Lewes has been singled out as a bronze-level “Bicycle Friendly Community,” the league’s designation for towns and municipalities that foster a culture of bicycling for everyone.