ALMA -- Folk artist Kerras Jeffery says he’s had a busy season at his Back Road Folkart Studio in Alma, but he could still handle more traffic.
Canadian Pickers' hosts Scott Cozens and Sheldon Smithens in the attic at Back Road Folkart. Monday's episode of Canadian Pickers on History Channel, When Pigs Fly, features Kerras Jeffery of Alma and his Back Road Folkart studio.
He’s hoping that will come after viewers get a taste of what he has to offer during Canadian Pickers’ episode, When Pigs Fly, which airs Monday at 9 pm. on the History channel.
The episode gets its name from a whirligig the show’s hosts, Scott Cozens and Sheldon Smithens, get from Jeffery.
The featured whirligig, Jeffery explains, consists of four pigs outfitted with plane wings, and propellers on their noses that turn. There’s a bicycle tire in the center of the unit and school bus reflectors catch the wind to make it turn.
He’s quite happy with the price he got for the whirligig, considering he had already received a paycheque for showing it in at Kingsbrae Garden in St.
Andrews-by-the-Sea, N.B., the year before and is banking on a fair bit of long-term exposure from the show itself.
The show will live on through re-runs, he pointed out.
The world’s largest egg-beater, displayed on his property, also captured the interests of the show’s pickers.
Monday’s episode will feature three P.E.I. stops.
Jeffery said the hosts seemed surprised with all the finds he has throughout his studio and in his attic and school bus storage areas. They arrived around 9 a.m. one day in May and didn’t leave until after 5 p.m, and even at that they passed by his antique furniture and another barn filled with treasures.
“They were kind of blown away,” he said, with his assortment of folkart, collectibles and antiques.
Often, it is Jeffery’s imaginative creations that catch shoppers’ interest. On Thursday, for instance, he was building a towel rack. The wood was shaped like a bull’s head. A large set of horns he had been saving up will hold towels, and the ring in the bull’s nose will hold a facecloth.
Although he’s off the beaten path, Jeffery said many genuine pickers find their way to his Alma studio in West Prince.
He said he’s a picker, too and often returns home from a pick with a whole truckload. “You get quite a high from it,” he said of the adventure.
To celebrate Monday’s episode, The Albert and Crown Pub and Eatery in Alberton is hosting a viewing party from 8 to 10 p.m. That covers the re-airing of a previous show at 8 p.m. and the new show featuring Back Road Folk Art at 9 p.m.
Jeffery is eager to see how the show turns out and will be at The Albert and Crown for the viewing party. He promises to bring along “something bazaar” to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. He will also supply a door prize for the viewing party.
Albert and Crown owner, Steve Dupuis, recommends people arrive early for the special party.