In addition to making cowches, Helga supports the animal sanctuary by building and selling 'possum huts made from wood and from stone. Helga's 'possum huts are custom-made, hand-crafted miniature houses with meticulous interior decor.
Helga's book, titled 'Possum Huts, was published in 1984 by Amaya Publishing Company. Read the preface to the book for the story of the 'possum huts. Also, read a book review published in the Smithsonian Magazine.
A Miniature Stone House by Helga
Back Cover of 'Possum Huts
'Possum hut is Down Jersey slang for a small, crudely built, and furnished cabin. Simultaneous discoveries of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Dolly Freed's Possum Living, and finding a real opossum with her young in a box of clothes in the attic made this choice of names nearly spontaneous.
Helga's 'possum huts have been exhibited in galleries in Ottawa, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey, and at numerous crafts shows.
The prices for Helga's 'possum huts vary depending on the custom request. Usually, the prices range from $10,000 to $50,000 (the purchase of a 'possum hut is not a tax-deductible expense). Since each of Helga's creations is custom-designed (especially the 'possum huts), it is best for you to call Helga at (856) 455-6637 and describe your request to her. You may also send an email to Helga at her email address: [email protected].
Helga can also be reached by mail at: P.O. Box 227, Shiloh, NJ 08353, U.S.A.
Following is a gallery of a few images from her book, 'Possum Huts. Click on any image to view an enlarged version.