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Special Events

Wood Day

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Saturday, August 9, 2014






The Folk Art Center in east Asheville will host its annual celebration of wood crafts at Wood Day on August 9th from 10am to 4pm.

The festivities include live demonstrations and the Fourteenth Annual Carve-Off Competition from 1 to 3pm. For the contest, participants have two hours to turn a simple block of wood into a work of art. Carvers must sign up by 12:30 to participate.

The Folk Art Center's auditorium will be filled with lathes, sawhorses, wood tools and the master craftspeople who know how to use them. Demonstrations include flute making, wood turning, broom making and furniture design and construction. Southern Highland Craft Guild member Sandra Rowland will host activities for all ages.

Admission to Wood Day and the Folk Art Center is free. The Folk Art Center is located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Headquarters to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Center also houses three galleries, a library, Allanstand Craft Shop and a Blue Ridge Parkway information desk and bookstore. For more information, call 828-298-7928 or visit

Former Winners of the Carve Off Competition
2001 - John Hillyer
2002 - Rodney Hopkins
2003 - Doug Arrowood
2004 - Don Ives
2005 - Eddie Howard
2006 - Doug Arrowood
2007 - Doug Arrowood
2008 - Eddie Howard
2009 - Carolyn Anderson


2014 Wood Day Participants

Will Hines, coopering

Jim McPhail, wood turning

David Crandall, wood boxes, dovetail construction

Carolyn Anderson, wood carving

Helen Gibson, wood carving

Tom Gow, cottonwood bark carving

Sandra Rowland, hands on activities for all ages

Chris Kamm, box making

Lee Entrekin, flute making

Friendswood Brooms

Don Duncan, treenware

Jeff Neil, wood boxes

Dana Hatheway, chairs

Scott Woody, chairs

Ronnie McMahan, carving

Joe Ruminski, hands on wood turning demo

Randy Ogle, chairs

Homer Sales,

Bart Vinsh, wood turning

Ed Lampbert,

Lyle Wheeler, furniture, wood toys

Bill Henry, whittling