Continuing the tradition of accessible markets, there are four operating shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in addition to the bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. The shops are located in North Carolina, Asheville and Blowing Rock, with a range of handmade originals from Guild members. Each shop is distinct in its own charm, inviting you to experience the craftsmanship at its most raw form. Perhaps it is a piece of salt-fired pottery or woven blanket, we guarantee that each work is made in America by juried artisans.
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My wife, the quilter, says I quilt with wood. My woodturnings, "pieced" from precise cuts of hardwoods, have a geometric "quilt block" appearance, with the pattern running through the entire piece's thickness. Interest in creating my own blanks, instead of using one piece of solid wood, began when I assisted a workshop on polychromatic segmented woodturning. The technique still endlessly fascinates me.