Wood Day 2014 which took place on August 9 was one of those perfect days at the Folk Art Center. There were hundreds of people – making their way through Allanstand Craft Shop, the exhibitions on the second level and, of course, through the auditorium to see the Wood Day artists. Jeff Neil, a box maker from Gray TN, said the only thing bad about Wood Day is that all the people demonstrating wish they could walk around and visit and learn from all the other craftspeople there that day. We were happy to see returning craftspeople along with new artists like Ed Lampert who juried into the Guild last year. Ed took home the First Place Award in the Carve Off Competition.
The Carolina Mountain Woodturners were busy all day as they instructed visitors how to make a honey dipper on a mini-lathe. Sandra Rowland hosted a hands-on table where folks could construct a a landscape or abstract sculpture using wood scrapes – many of which were donated by Buzz Coren who creates beautiful, one of a kind laminated wood bowls. Sandra has been participated in Guild special events at the Folk Art Center. She said that in the past her activity table was mostly occupied by children, but in recent years she has found that all ages want to share in the fun and it has become much more multi-generational.