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Finds, fun and family at the Medina County Home and Garden Show

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    Dennis Ruvolo, of Mancave Jack Lamps, demonstrates one of his gear lamps to Sue Harman, of Medina, during the Medina County Home and Garden Show on Saturday.


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    Chris Bronson, who owns Triple Squeeze Pottery, displays her wares Saturday at the Medina County Home and Garden Show.


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    Emily Miller, 6, right, and her sister Genevieve, 4, of Avon learn to make ice cream cone bird feeders Saturday at the Medina County Home and Garden Show. Providing the lesson is Ashley Deka, of Smith Brothers Inc.



MEDINA — The name of Chris Bronson’s business, Triple Squeeze Pottery, is a conversation starter.

It drew attention this weekend at the annual Medina County Home and Garden Show.

Nearly everyone stopping at Bronson’s exhibit asked if “triple squeeze” is a pottery technique. Bronson said it’s much more significant than that.

“It was the way my dad held my hand,” Bronson, of Medina, said. “He always gave me three squeezes.”

Triple Squeeze Pottery was one of more than 130 businesses with exhibits at the home and garden show Saturday and Sunday at the Medina County Fairgrounds. There were landscapers, gardeners, roofers, window and flooring installers, kitchen and bath remodelers, plumbers and heating and cooling firms.

The event included presentations on cooking, pet grooming, dog training and plant pruning. Experts talked about hydrangeas and spring wildflowers.

Also, Cat Chat — a local television show created by Kitten Krazy Inc., a Medina cat shelter and adoption center — recorded live here.

One unique business at the show was Mancave Jack Lamps.

Dennis Ruvolo, a certified electrician and mechanic, makes lamps out of car jacks and automotive gears dating to the late 1800s and early 1900s. He even converted the front end of an old tractor into a fan.

The Mancave exhibit also included artistic paintings by Curtis Kolke. Medina Realtor Keith Kolke — Curtis’ father and Ruvolo’s cousin — is helping to advance the business.

“We’re working from the ground up,” Keith Kolke said.

Ruvolo demonstrated one of his gear lamps to Sue Harman, of Medina.

“It’s awesome,” Harman said. “It’s very heavy, well-made, unique, and it would look great on my desk.”

Another exhibitor was Smith Brothers Inc., a Medina seller of mulch, landscaping products and animal feed.

Ashley Deka, a Smith Brothers office assistant, showed kids how to turn ice cream cones into bird feeders. She smeared Crisco on the cones, rolled the cones in birdseed so that the seed stuck to the Crisco, then stuck a pipe cleaner through the cones so they could be hung from trees.

Deka gave cone-feeder lessons to Emily Miller, 6, and her sister Genevieve Miller, 4, of Avon. The girls were there with their mom, Autumn Miller, who attended the home and garden show for the first time in years.

Her late father took her to the event regularly when she was a girl.

“It’s nice,” Miller said. “The show still has that small-town feel to it.”

Bronson can relate to the father-daughter connection. She said she inherited her creativity from her late father, Gerald, a toolmaker at Ford Motor Co. and a woodworker, and her mother, Rosalie, a fabric artist.

“I was raised in a household where people made things with their hands,” Bronson said.

Bronson worked in human resources before leaving the corporate world about four years ago to start her own pottery business.

“This was a bucket-list item for me,” Bronson said.

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