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August 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
As one of the Guild's first craft mediums, woodworking has evolved into a celebrated art form which members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will showcase on Saturday, August 3rd. From 10 am to 4 pm, makers will demonstrate and share their working processes with visitors at the Folk Art Center. This free event not only educates the public on the hard work and talent that goes into working with this material, but serves the mission of the Guild by preserving the longtime culture and heritage of handicrafts in the southern Appalachian mountains.
Trees offer multiple sources for wood, from their roots to their branches, their burls to their bark; these materials are used for both function and decoration. Woodworking's earliest forms were generated for basic existence, as a means of shelter and protection. Later, pieces of Egyptian furniture from around 2500 BC survive as examples of early human's ability and desire to create objects of beauty from wood. A few hundred years ago, European settlers in southern Appalachia discovered a land rich with wooded forests; the settlers used the wood from these native trees for countless utilitarian items, such as tables, chairs, bowls, barrels, as well as their homes and wagons. Over time, some forms of woodworking transitioned into leisure activities through whittling and carving.
Visitors to Wood Day at the Folk Art Center will have an opportunity to meet a variety of craftspeople and watch them demonstrate their various processes, such as carving, flute making, turning, and box making!