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As of January 1, 2014 I have moved:

I'm located at

214 N Main Street
Pocahontas  IA  50574
(515) 408 1269

Just like a fancy art gallery, I'm closed on Sundays & Mondays.  Otherwise, you will find me open by chance or by appointment so it's best to e-mail or call ahead to arrange a time.  I try to be here from 10-3, but I often wander off.

Please use the contact instructions below:

Contact:  Leonard Olson,
Head Kaleidoscope Maker

If you need to reach me email is the best.  I check my e-mail frequently and you should hear back from me in less than 24 hours.  If the link doesn't bring up your e-mail client automatically, use kaleidoscopeguy at  (change the "at" to "@").  Make sure the word "kaleidoscope" is in the subject so I can fish it out of the spam folder in case it goes there.  Sorry, but Santa Claus has never been able to figure out how to build a kaleidoscope so I get especially busy late in the year.  Also, I get featured from time to time in newspaper and magazine articles as well as Public TV programs.  That can overwhelm me from time to time too, but I'm always happy to have visitors.

I have no land line and I don't check my cell phone often.  It's especially dangerous to deal with it when I'm running power tools.  Again it's best to e-mail me, but if you prefer phones, :  (515) 408 1269.   I may not get back to you right away as I currently have a lot of foot traffic in my shop and its difficult to break away.    

Many thanks to Joan Reinhart for bringing in some history of this building!

and Thank You! to Chris Vrba of the Record Democrat for the copy of this