Verne and Doris
Ramsey are Van Buren County natives. They live just east of the
Village of Birmingham.
Verne worked as a production supervisor at John Deere employee and took up beekeeping when he retired twenty years ago. He teaches beekeeping classes for the Iowa Honey producers and honey bee emergency training for fire departments and emergency personnel. He tries to maintain twenty to thirty hives.
Doris is a homemaker, her hobbies are many with sewing and machine embroidery being her favorite.
Their Chair Caning includes seven step weaving, continuous wrap with ash splits, rush and also pressed-in type. Also offered is a Flat Reed Chair Caning class and Fiber Rush Weave class. Vernie and Doris have been chair caning since 1972.
They also do honey bee presentations for groups such as schools, nursing homes and civic organizations.