Sunday, March 26, 2017

7th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ festival may 26-28-17

May is just around the corner! Make plans now for one of the hottest bluegrass events of the summer! Get tickets now at and don't forget, kids 12 and under are free!
#floydva #swva #bluegrass

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"By David Larsen"

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Chantilly Farm busy with projects - The new dog "Bark Park"

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Camping doggies using the Bark Park
We are always adding to Chantilly Farm for events, festivals, weddings and the campground.  Just finished a dog run for campers to allow the dogs to run loose.  Bark Park is the name of our dog run area however we do hope that it does not create a lot of barking as it is real close to the RV campground. I was going by yesterday and some campers were using the Bark Park with a  couple of beautiful tiny dogs chasing a ball around the park.

Ed and Aleno building "Bark Park"

We can thank our Chantilly craftsmen Ed and Aleno for their skill in building the park. They did a fantastic job the dogs already love the "Bark Park".

Ed and Aleno have just finished a pedestrian bridge across the little stream to the new hiking trails "B" and "C" near campground B and the RV area.   The new trails are fantastic and I will talk about them in the next blog. It will not be long and Ed and Aleno will be mowing the 40 acres of beautiful grass fields at Chantilly Farm. Their are many projects in progress at Chantilly Farm - Paul Sullivan leading new Bike Trail building effort- Terri and Camelia are decorating the interior of the Chantilly Country Store.

Chantilly Farm forest areas are just great for "Forest Bathing" and we will be writing about this in near future.

Our first big festival is just around the corner - The Chantilly Bluegrass and BBQ festival May 26-28.

"by David Larsen"   Having fun at Chantilly Farm.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Chantilly Farm in Floyd Virginia has been busy during May/June 2015

Our 5th Annual "Bluegrass & BBQ Festival" May 22/23 @ Chantilly Farm
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Photo by Rhonda Vincent
You can see from the stage we had a big crowd -  15 great Bluegrass bands during the 2 days.

Our Headliner was 'Queen of Bluegrass'  "Rhonda Vincent and the Rage" Check out Rhonda's Web Page "CLICK"

View the festival events - Short video "CLICK"
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Queen of Bluegrass "Ronda Vincent's" ride. 

It is exciting to see the artist buses come into the farm. Here is the "Martha White" Bluegrass Express , Rhonda Vincent's ride.

We had 4 big rigs like this on Saturday. Many of the bands come in smaller vans or car caravans.

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L-R David Larsen, Rhonda Vincent

That is me your blog writer with Rhonda - She is a very gracious lady.

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L-R Gaynell Larsen , Rhonda Vincent

This is my wife Gaynell - she is the host for the bands.

Rhonda  gave a special Martha White collector skillet for baking the Martha White cornbread to Gaynell.

Chantilly Farm
L-R Gaynell Larsen,David Larsen, Jason Gallimore 

A big honor for our Chantilly Farm Venue - The Farm was designated an "Affiliate Crooked Road Venue"during a special ceremony at the Bluegrass Festival.  The Crooked Road in the State official - Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

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May 29/30/31 2015

Short video gives overall view of the car show "CLICK"

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Show Cars

More then 100 show cars.

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Parts vendors at auto show. 

350 parts vendors at the Floyd Auto Fair.

Floyd auto Fair

Some of the fun events - The "Bombshells" - they livened up the Auto Fair.

Here is the June 6th event
 ISAACS and Jason Crab
the ISAACS and Jason Crabb

David Larsen

."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian   

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council" Technology & Toast meeting - Floyd Virginia folks attend

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Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council 
It was a pleasure for me and Dee Wallace of the LCF Group to attend the "Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council"  (RBTC) Toast meeting in Blacksburg, Virginia on 1/15/15.

Networking with the members of the RBTC was a great pleasure and learning experience.  We attended to learn more about the group and how we can grow Technology businesses in Floyd County.

The RBTC mission statement gives you an idea of their effort to assist the entire area expand the Technology Community.

"The RBTC exists to connect and unite the region’s technology community, grow opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial development, and lead the way in the growth of a strong technology workforce."

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Here we are with (L-R) Jonathan Whitt, President and CEO of RBTC,  - Dee Wallace, LCF Group Floyd, VA, - David Larsen, LCF Group Floyd, VA, and Joy Gardner, Citizens Floyd, VA.

Jonathan Whitt - Roanoke Times Writers Group published "The STEM-H Talent shortage is real" in this Sunday's Times - It was interesting that I had just met Jonathan at the RBTC meeting 3 days ago. Jonathan is CEO of the RBTC.

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council

L-R Gary Reedy Citizens Floyd, VA and me David Larsen LCF Group Floyd, VA

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council
Here I am networking with Thomas Weeks (Left).
One of Thomas's interest is Instructor at Lets Code Blacksburg. He was demonstrating some of the cool topics they teach at Code Blacksburg. I was very interested in the technology "Maker Classes" in small automation and computer projects. Looking forward to doing some similar classes in Floyd.

See Roanoke times story " The STEM-H talent shortage is real" for more info about Lets Code Blacksburg.

"By David Larsen"  LCF Group, Floyd, Virginia.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bluegrass Festival at Chantilly Farm - 5th annual Early-Bird tickets on sale now

Early-bird tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival

Mark your calendar's for May 22-23, 2015!!! 

The 5th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival features some of the most acclaimed artists in Bluegrass and Mountain music along with festivities that include a children's area, kite flying, arts and crafts vendors, on-site camping, opportunities for jamming, and more! A variety of BBQ and other delicious foods are available from vendors (not included in ticket price).

Bring the entire family--kids 12 and under are admitted free!

Take advantage of our special holiday promotion and get early-bird pricing on your weekend passes for this year's festival! Adult weekend passes are only $40 for a limited time and they make the perfect gift for any music fan on your holiday shopping list!

Learn more here 'CLICK'

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Solar Kiln at St. Pierre Woodworking , Floyd, Virginia

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David Larsen, Bill St. Pierre
Bill & his New England style Shop 
St. Pierre Woodworking is on a beautiful mountain top location in Floyd County, Virginia and operated by Bill St. Pierre. Bill has been developing his business on this property for 12 years.  He started with a cabinet shop and now has a full range of equipment that allows him to start with logs or reclaimed wood from old buildings and do all the processes from start to finish.

Bill's own description of his woodworking business. Here you can find furniture hand crafted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. I enjoy creating quality, custom furniture with the finest materials through precise techniques and craftsmanship. Browse around at my work, I'd love to add a lifetime of beauty in your home with a custom piece just for you. Call Bill for your next custom wood project at 540.797.3496

St. Pierre Woodworking
Virginia Tech Solar Kiln 

St. Pierre Woodworking has 2 kilns Solar & Electric.

The Virginia Tech style solar kiln is used to dry the larger 2" slabs 

Wood Drying Solar Kiln plans
Virginia tech Solar Kiln Publication 420-030

St. Pierre Woodworking
Virginia Tech Solar Kiln 

Front side of solar kiln with big insulated doors - large pieces can be dried in this kiln.

Bill St. Pierre Describes his Solar Kiln

St. Pierre Woodworking
Nyle kiln 

The Nyle kiln is used mostly to dry lumber and to sterilize the reclaimed lumber.

Controller for Nyle kiln

Controller for Nyle kiln. This kiln uses electric heat for drying.

St. Pierre Woodworking
Timber King 2000 sawmill.

Bill has 2 sawmills this one is the Timber King 2000 .

Air drying shed

Large air drying shed for logs, reclaimed wood or sawed lumber.

st. Pierre Woodworking
Large Oak burl 

A large burl from Oak tree. This will make a  beautiful custom table.

                                         A video of BillSt Pierre Woodworking Making a
                                         spiral Wooden Leg  - this video  has over 800,000
                                         views.  Woodworkers love this.

St. Pierre Woodworking
large selection of slab wood

You can also choose from a large selection of slabs and reclaimed wood. Showroom has slabs cut from many different types of wood.

St. Pierre woodworking
View of Buffalo Mt from St.Pierre Shop

This is the view from the St. Pierre property - That is Buffalo Mountain in the background about 25 miles from shop. Buffalo Mountain is the highest point in Floyd County, Virginia at 4000 feet.

David Larsen

We are pleased to work with Bill St. Pierre Woodworking. Bill shop is only a few miles from our Chantilly Farm and Bill brings one of his sawmills to some of our events at the farm.
."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chantilly Barn construction progressing nicley and will be fully ready for the next year's operation

We have been very busy with building infrastructure this year at Chantilly - New projects includes camping facilities for Rv's and Tent campers - completed ; New mulitpurpose barn getting closed to being finished. The Country Store constructed their annex at Chantilly Farm.  More roads and a third Commercial entrance off Franklin Pike. Chantilly water system  approved for public use. The barn construction is still in progress and  a few pictures below show it looks on the festival grounds.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

View of Barn, County Store annex and bath house from hill.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

View of Stage, Barn and Country Store annex from shade area in the woods.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

View of barn from festival field - the mezzanine is accessed thought the white door on the side at ground level. 40 foot deck on the festival side of building accessed though 3 sliding glass doors off the mezzanine.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Better view of the 40 foot deck.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

The back side of barn has a 12x12 door - we can drive about any vehicle into the building.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Laying the heating coils for the heated floor in the barn.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Finishing the 5 inch concrete floor.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Floor and mezzanine from the back inside the barn. The ceiling is at a height of 18 feet.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Mezzanine and the 3 sliding glass doors entering onto the 40 foot deck.

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Barn at Chantilly Farm - Floyd Virginia

Looking toward the back inside the barn from the mezzanine.

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Chantilly Farm entrance by Nathaniel Frissell

Going home - just passing the farm office at the entrance gate. The fog and night light are an interesting effect.

David Larsen

The LCF Group has been enjoying developing Chantilly Farm into a music and events venue in Floyd County, Virginia.
."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian   

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice make Chantilly Farm Bluegrass Festival their home festival

We're so excited to be having Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice return for the 5th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival on May 22-23, 2015!!! The band has chosen to make the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass Festival their home festival--and we couldn't be more proud!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Floyd VA Computer Museum provides Graduate Independent Study class room for Virginia Tech student

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We are delighted to be working with Grayson Van Beuren in a Virginia Tech -  Graduate Independent Study program at the museum. Grayson became interested in doing a study after seeing the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum"  article in the Roanoke times by  Catherine Van Noy.  Grayson also visited our museum during open house last month.  He started his study by making several of our historical microcomputers operational and encouraging folks to give the operating historic computers a try.

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Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
L-R Grayson Van Beuren, David Larsen-Curator
Here is Grayson's Study plan.
Grayson Van Beuren
Material Culture and Humanities
Computers and Museums Material Culture Project
Independent Study Proposal

This independent study’s purpose is to explore the history of the electronic computer through its material culture. It also aims to facilitate a better understanding of the unique preservation and presentation problems surrounding this delicate and largely esoteric field of material culture.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
L-R Emily Wilson -Assistant Curator,
 Grayson Van Beuren
The independent study will occur through a partnership with the Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum in Floyd, Virginia. The museum’s founder, retired instructor of instrumentation at Virginia Tech David Larsen, has agreed to host a part of the IS. The museum’s collection represents forty years of collecting on the part of Mr. Larsen. From the museum website:

Mr. Larsen’s expertise in the field of microcomputers, and especially the collection and preservation of microcomputers, should make this a valuable independent study for the student.

Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Grayson with Apple 1 computer project

The independent study will be comprised of two parts: weekly visits to the museum of three to four hours during which the student will act as an intern, learning about the presentation and preservation of computer material culture in the process, and outside research into the history of the preservation of computer hardware and other forms of material culture associated with the computing field. These two parts of the study will culminate in the student writing a 10-15 page paper summing up his experiences at the Bugbook and examining the problems surrounding preservation and presentation of computer material culture in museums and other historic institutions.

David Larsen
The curators here at the museum are looking forward to working with Grayson. I am sure we will all learn from this independent study.