Open-cockpit biplane ride July 2024

Open-cockpit biplane ride 1 - Barbara J Walker - Fiber Artist - Image ©Barbara J. Walker
An open-cockpit biplane ride – something my husband has always wanted to do. We finally did it! Usually the pilot flies out of a tiny airport on the coast, but we scheduled before he left his home airport (Hillsboro, Oregon) for the coastal season. We had an hour long tour of the northern Willamette Valley on an absolutely perfect day.

It’s a 1929 Travel Air. We were squeezed into the forward cockpit with one seat belt around both of us. The flight was amazing. We averaged 1000 feet altitude and 90 mph. At one point a bald eagle flew by us in the opposite direction, just below the lower wing. That was the ultimate WOW! We particularly enjoyed flying over the many colorful nurseries.

Open-cockpit biplane ride 2 - Barbara J Walker - Fiber Artist - Image ©Barbara J. Walker
Open-cockpit biplane ride 3 - Barbara J Walker - Fiber Artist - Image ©Barbara J. Walker
Barbara J. Walker - Fiber Artist
Barbara J. Walker, Fiber Artist

About The Author

Barbara was awarded the Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving from Handweavers Guild of America in 1990. She is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftartists, has been a faculty member of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and has taught for guilds and conferences in the United States, England, Canada, and Japan. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting included in Lark Books' 500 Baskets. She is an enthusiastic educator and has had numerous articles published in Strands, Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, Weaver’s, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Barbara has published two books, Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding in 2012 and Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs in 2016.

Barbara’s home studio overlooks the Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon.

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Fiber art pieces by Barbara J. Walker are available for purchase during exhibitions and through this website.