“About a month before it came out, [Kentucky Monthly] called me and told me that they had selected me for the Kentuckian of the month, and they were sending out a photographer,” Copeland said.
Copeland was born in Hopkinsville, grew up in Bowling Green, has lived most of his working life in Louisville and has also lived in Worms, Germany, among other places, but has lived in Cadiz for the past 12 years. He said recently that he plans on staying here for a while.
“I’ve been making toys since I was about nine years old, but I’ve been doing it as a business for a little over 15 years,” said Copeland. “Trigg County’s a good place to live.”
Copeland has been a member of the Lakeland Artisans Guild for about eight years, and every year, the guild has an art festival, generally in the early fall. He says he simply enjoys making toys.
Copeland said that among the various toys he’s made over the years, one of his favorites would have to be the spinning disc, which he also said is the first one he made for sale.
“I like toys,” Copeland said. “I like the history of toys, I like to watch kids play with toys, I like making toys, I like toys.”
The article in Kentucky Monthly touches on life in rural Kentucky in general and Trigg County in particular, and states that most people can be met at the library or at the farmer’s market.
It also mentions Land Between the Lakes and the various downtown events held every weekend.
The article begins: “Mark Twain once said that when the world ends he wanted to be in Kentucky because everything happens there 20 years later.”