Meet the Staff of A Primitive Place & Country Journal

Kristine is the founder and creator of A Primitive Place and is the owner, editor and publisher of A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine. She enjoys antique shopping, decorating, flower gardening, dirt track racing and classic cars. She has four children; Robert, Amy, Ashlyn, and Damon.
Robert Bladow is the shipping manager for A Primitive Place magazine and is the son of editor-in-chief, Kristine Walden. He is in charge of our shipping warehouse and makes sure the wholesale and back issues are mailed in a timely manner. In his spare time, he drives a WISSOTA dirt track Late Model...and of course, A Primitive Place is his main sponsor! 
Dan is the Senior Writer for A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine. He will be writing feature articles and more. He is an Elementary Special Education teacher in Southern Illinois. He enjoys antique shopping, decorating, and spending time with his family which includes three energetic Miniature Schnauzers.  

Karen Gerhart joined the APP staff as photographer in April, 2011. She will be scouting and photographing homes in New England, New York and surrounding area.
Kristine Walden
Dan Weaver
Senior Writer
Robert Bladow
Shipping Manager
David T. Smith
Contributing Writer

David T. Smith joins our staff as contributing writer. David will be sharing his design skills and his knowledge of antiques and history with our readers. David devotes himself to reproducing American antique furniture reproductions; New England, Shaker and Pennsylvania-German styles through his business, The Workshops of David T. Smith. The fine museum quality furniture of The Workshops can be found in homes across the nation. His kitchens have been featured in numerous national magazines and publications, such as Early American Life, Country Living, and Country Sampler, to name a few. David also conducts seminars around the country sharing his design skills with those that are designing kitchens for their historic homes. You can find out more about The Workshops of David Smith at
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Alex Pifer
Contributing Writer

Betsy Heck
Contributing Writer

Armed with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Betsy set out into the world to one day become the first female editor of Sports Illustrated. Living in St. Louis, however, magazine opportunities were few and far between and the world wide web had not yet become the you-can-work-from-anywhere force it is today. So Betsy embarked on what would become a 25+ years career in marketing/advertising. Today she’s thrilled to marry her first love, writing, with her passion for antiques (first as a buyer, then as a dealer) as she joins the team at A Primitive Place.
Alex is the owner of The Seraph in historic Sturbridge, MA and Ohio. She brings an extensive background in decorating and will debut her decorating column in our summer 2013 issue. 
Christopher Gurshin is a self-taught artist raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts where he developed a distinctive, well recognized style of painting Old New England. He currently lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut with his wife Janice. They reside in a 1740 cape next to the Old Cider Mill on Main Street. They welcome visitors and collectors to the gallery/studio post and beam barn. Please call ahead before visiting. For more info, visit

Christopher Gurshin
Contributing Writer
Ashlyn Bladow
Ashlyn Bladow is the 15-year-old daughter of editor-in-chief, Kristine Walden. Ashlyn has been the creative force behind our recipe section. She strives to bring simple and easy-to-make recipes to the table. She is an avid barrel racer, plays flute in the school band, enjoys playing volleyball and loves to bake! She has three horses; an 11-year-old Welsh pony named Charger, a 13-year-old miniature horse named Eeyore and a 5-year-old quarter horse named Pippa. Ashlyn is a soon-to-be prim enthusiast and is one of the photographers for APP magazine!

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