Friends and Neighbors: Making artwork, engraving is a large part of Amber Wilke's 'Story'


Tonia Copeland

Amber Wilke, of AW Prairie Art, stands with a sampling of her work. She is holding a pine needle basket and a lariat rope vase that she made when she first began. The table is filled with a few of the many items she engraves, including leather, wood, glass, ceramics and metal.

The 'Story' of Amber Wilke, nee Story, began in Kimball, where as a child she grew up with horses, bottle lambs and bucket calves and "anything else she could beg to take care of" at the end of her street.

Wilke comes from a family of self-proclaimed workaholics and her parents are now busier than ever since they retired, she said.

Her father is a wood worker whose talent can be seen throughout their home, and his creative side was passed on to his daughter.

Wilke learned needle work at her grandmother's knee when she was young and that ability came in handy as an adult, when she attended c...

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