For many years Jake Mol has taught a watercolour painting course at the Haliburton School of The Arts. Each summer he brings his students out to paint pictures of the farmstead that is part of the Haliburton Highlands Museum in Glebe Park. Jake thought that there should be a sculpture that connected the farmstead to the Sculpture Forest and presented the Haliburton Sculpture Forest Committee with the concept for the Homesteaders. Using recycled materials—bits and pieces of tools and hardware that might have been found around a farmstead—Jake created a whimsical family that might have built and lived in the buildings across the way. The stand facing their “home” holding up paintings that reflect their past and the present.