Brian Wurst

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My work is a balance of two backgrounds – rigorous studio training, and deep love of the natural world. Before woodworking became my focus, I was an architect, learning much of structure, pattern, and detail; that sometimes translates into a geometric, Deco-like design sensibility. In those same years I hiked thousands of miles into the mountains where my family has lived for generations, learning their flora, fauna, and culture; from this comes a fondness for curves and natural imagery. As opposite as these two sometimes seem, I strive to blend them in wood furniture, sculpture, and accessories.


Brian Wurst has been lead instructor in Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Wood program since 2008, teaching courses in wood, design, history, photography, and marketing. His first career was that of commercial architect, designing educational facilities across western North Carolina. As a studio woodworker for many years, he created furniture, cabinetry, and accessories for galleries and homes in the area and beyond. He continues to undertake occasional exhibition pieces and client commissions. An eighth-generation descendent of Buncombe County’s first settlers, Brian frequently features regionally-inspired natural and historical themes in his work.