The drive from Virginia to West Virginia never ceases to take my breath away. I’ve traveled this road back and forth more than 10 times this summer, and though it is the same road, the views are always different in mood and feeling. I cherish these times on the road.
This last trip, layers of fog floated over the Appalachian mountains with a ghostly presence.
Over the last month, we have been in the Creative Direction/Pre-Production phase for the upcoming production of several films for J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, a 7th-generation salt-making family who “hand-harvests an all-natural salt, from an ancient ocean trapped under the Appalachian mountains of the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia.”
After several hours of creative planning and development, Nancy Bruns & Lewis Payne, siblings and co-creators of salt, took us out on a tour of their land & work, showing us their sun houses where they produce the salt, the well where they collect brine, and the family farm where William D. Dickinson first began producing salt along the Kanawha River in Malden, West Virginia.
Here are a few photographs from the tour of the historic J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works.
Learn more & buy some salt here: www.jqdsalt.com
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