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The Kaleidoscope Factory

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Robin S wrote a review Jan 2020
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Leonard touch my heart . He told us his story and I just fell in love with the craft and it was that day I decided that I wanted to follow in his foot step. I am retired and in my late 50's living in southern Missouri. I told him that I was going to come back to Missouri and make kaleidoscopes like him. He wished me the best and said if I needed anything just give him a call. I did call him and he told me everything I would need to start turning my own kaleidoscopes and where to get it. Again he wished me the best. I ordered my supplies and once I got them I began making my kaleidoscopes. A few days went by and I was talking with one of my aunts and they told me that Leonard had past away. It broke my heart to know that I would never get the chance to tell him how wonderful he was and how he touch so many people. I am so glad that his family will keep up his legacy. It is such a special place. He will be missed by many young and old. Robin Koshkonong Mo.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Tomsadtoleave wrote a review Aug 2019
Steamboat Springs, Colorado7 contributions2 helpful votes
We recently were in Pocahontas to buy a puppy, but told a few people we were visiting The Kaleidoscope Factory. Soon we had people talking with us about our visit and had we been to the Kaleidoscope Factory yet. It was so nice to be in a town where people are so nice. Back to The Kaleidoscope Factory. First, it’s not a factory in square footage, but seems to be a factory of good will. The owner, Leonard Olson, knew we were stopping by, so was ready to give us a tour. 5 minutes later Leonard sat me down to build my own Kaleidoscope. He had made several egg shaped blanks with his lathe, so many choices of wood. Walnut, Purpleheart, oak and about 40 other types of wood more exotic. Leonard showed me how to make the Kaleidoscope with my own choice of color chips and was done in 15 minutes. Leonard is a great teacher and story teller, and if you have to go out of your way to visit Pocahontas and Leonard, you won’t regret it.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Patrick H wrote a review May 2018
Oak Harbor, Washington69 contributions12 helpful votes
Of the places to visit in Pocahontas, this is a must see. Got to see what makes a kaleidoscope work and then pick out specific colors to make a unique souvenir. Also has some great woodworking.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Cassie W wrote a review May 2018
Groton, South Dakota479 contributions111 helpful votes
I had read about this in Iowa's Travel Guide and knew we would be passing through and figured I'd see what it was all about. My husband is really into cribbage and I had read that they had cribbage boards for sale there. We weren't really in the market to buy anything that day but we are so glad we stopped in. Leonard spent a huge amount of time showing us how to make a kaleidoscope. It was amazing to watch and we had a great time chatting with him. This is well worth the stop even if you aren't looking to purchase anything. Leonard truly has a passion for his work.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Dorothy B wrote a review Aug 2017
Louisville72 contributions18 helpful votes
Leonard Olson was the artisan who shared his story and how he came to love being a kaleidoscope maker. He started with a square of walnut , turned it on a lathe into an egg shape. He allowed me to pick out stones to design it as I wanted. It was a fun experience and I have a beautiful souvenir to remind me of that day.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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