Bob & Millie Birkemeier
was the primary inspiration behind Studio B Miniatures. Over the years he
developed two wonderful hobbies: wood working and photography. These skills
have combined in his bird carvings from the one inch scale to full size decoys.
In addition to making dollhouse furniture, he also created many full size
furniture pieces enjoyed by family members. Although long since retired, Bob
still teaches a bird carving class and photography has taken over his computer.
A wonderful collection of Bob's carvings can now be viewed at the Museum of
Natural History in Brewster, Cape Cod, a gift from Mr. and Mrs John T.
Millie Birkemeier brought a keen eye for
detail and finishing for the furniture pieces. She was an accomplished
craftsperson herself with a focus on fabric arts and needlework. Every piece of
furniture was carefully sanded and finished by her hands. She enjoyed creating
a few pieces of fabric covered furniture and other miniature items for various
Bob and Millie are now both retired
and they live in Illinois.
Wendy Birkemeier & Tom
Daughter, Wendy, had a talent for painting
and creating small scenes. Her paintings, done in acrylics, are very detailed
reproductions of Early American Primitives. Husband Tom Degutis joined in as
the framer for Wendy's paintings.
Painting has taken on a new
dimension for Wendy as she has shared her passion for Ukrainian egg decorating
with children and visitors to the various libraries and book stores where she
has worked and lived.
Tom and Wendy now live in Illinois
and both work in a public library.
Bill & Peggy Birkemeier
Bill grew up
making models, working with tools, and creating scaled projects. Working with
tin, brass and soldering irons was a natural progression for his talents. Peggy
grew up working with fabrics and sewing just about everything. Making tiny
candles and learning toleware were new activities and fun to do. Peggy expanded
her interests by making foods, dolls, and other accessories out of FIMO and
Sculpey, as well as making wreaths and trees for the holiday. These items were
sold in a store in Duck, North Carolina under the name Beechkins Collectibles.
Their most recent miniature venture is the creation of
Town of North Birk, a "N" gage train
community filled with tiny vignettes and enclosed in the shape of a coffee
Home for Peggy and Bill has been on
the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the past 24 years.
Bobbi Birkemeier Bell
the youngest of the children during the peak years of furniture activity, Bobbi
developed her skill turning spindle after spindle on a lathe (and hundreds were
needed!). Her attention to detail and follow through was born during her time
with Studio B.
Bobbi currently lives with her
husband, Jim Bell, in California.
Sara Birkemeier, daughter of Bill and Peggy,
developed a strong interest in all things little after receiving her first
dollhouse at the age of 2, filled with handmade furniture pieces. She lent a
hand in building and furnishing her second house, made by her folks, and earned
several Girl Scout badges in the process.
Today, she lives with her husband,
George, in North Carolina and they are partners in the graphic design firm that
created this website.