These Thousand Acres: The Story Of The Land That Became Malabar Farm

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Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Bromfield lived and worked at (and brought fame to) Malabar Farm from 1939 to 1956.  But the story of the land that became Malabar began long before Bromfield arrived.

Mornings are my favorite time at Malabar, that time when the farm is quiet and the animals still, that time of soft mists floating over pale green fields of dew dampened timothy grass and red clover, that time when the Eastern sky is streaked with faint ribbons of pink and purple, the sun still only a promise on the horizon. It was on just such a bucolic summer morning that I first gave voice to my impressions of Malabar with the words “these thousand acres.”

By way of a vaguely ethereal process the phrase “these thousand acres” had come to me out of the gray mists and the rolling green hills of Malabar. Thoughts of this book, These Thousand Acres: The Story of the Land That Became Malabar Farm, developed only bit by bit out of my reflections on these three words.


This book can be purchased from Amazon using the following link:

These Thousand Acres

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Photography & And More at Zazzle

Prints, posters and a wide range products featuring original art and photography are available at Zazzle. We will add new collections on a regular basis. You can view Black Fork Studio’s Zazzle store via this link:



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Original Art at Etsy

Black Fork Studio’s Etsy store is now open! Here you will find available for purchase  original colored pencil and graphite drawings.  The inventory will be updated periodically as Tom completes new drawings. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the drawings currently available.  To visit the Etsy store please follow this link:






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Welcome to Black Fork Studio Arts!

Having retired after 25 years in art education and five years as a park naturalist-aide in the Ohio State Park System, Tom has directed his energy toward personal art, photography and writing projects. His inspiration comes not only from the natural world around him, such as fungi growing from a fallen tree or a seagull perched atop a piece of driftwood, but also from the the man made structures and agricultural implements adding texture to a rustic landscape, and the stories and traditions that weave together into the fabric of rural life.

This blog serves as a place to preview upcoming projects, as well as a directory of where you can find Black Fork Studio art, photography and books online. It will be updated regularly, so please add it to your bookmarks!

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Tom: Artist, Author, Photographer

Laura: Sales & Marketing Coordinator

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