Wood Crafts & Furniture Art
Often using native hardwoods and other types of local species or reclaimed wood along with a vast skill and knowledge, each piece is handcrafted by local artisans to enhance the natural qualities and beauty of each type of wood.
Swannanoa,NC Dick's art of wood carved wall fish evolved out of a lifetime of study, work and interest in the conservation of fish and aquatic ecosystems. He uses basswood or tulip poplar for the fish's body and recycled copper roofing sheets for the fins.
Jim Caskowski Sentimental Woodworks, Fletcher NCJim creates wood art noted for clean lines and classic design, utilizing local hardwoods. Jim works with grain, color, and texture of the wood emphasizing it's true beauty. He only uses reclaimed wood and logs.
James Chandler Union Mills, NCJim started seriously working with wood when he bought an old 1899 farmhouse and barn and taught himself how to restore it using both modern and traditional woodworking techniques. He uses both local and recovered woods to create wonderful wooden furniture and figurines. His hand-carved Santa figures make great gifts, especially for the holidays. Website: n/a
Ronno Cooke Woodworks Studio, morganton NCRonno makes furniture the old-fashioned way: one piece at a time using mortise, tenon and dowel joinery. Each piece is hand-rubbed using natural finishes. Strength, function and beauty blend together to make heirloom furniture pieces which can be passed down for generations. His work embraces the "neo-primitive" style - handcrafted one at time as a unique work of art. Website: www.ronnocooke.com | Read More: About this Artist on Our Blog
Monroe Drake canton NCMonroe makes both plain and carved walking sticks with a wise “mountain man” face. He also does walking sticks and brooms using antique tobacco sticks which were all made by hand by local farmers. These sticks were originally used to hang the “number one crop” of North Carolina. He finds his tobacco sticks in local shops and in tobacco old curing barns. Website: n/a
Phoebe Gibbs Asheville NCPhoebe is a graduate of Haywood Community College’s Professional Woodcraft Program. Using local woods, she designs and creates wonderful furniture and accessories for the home employing both traditional Appalachian and modern techniques and tools. Her line of handcrafted wooden kitchen accessories make excellent gifts. Website: n/a
Robert C. Gunther Asheville NCBob’s woodwork is the result of his long interest in native woods. He attempts to maintain all the variances of nature whether subtle or dramatic - producing sophisticated pieces with intricate patterns and color variations that are recognizable as a signature style. Each piece he creates is totally different and unique - turned on lathe, hand sanded and polished. Functional and decorative, Bob's handcrafted home accessories are a blend of his expert craftsmanship with an abiding love of nature. Website: n/a
Jim Kransberger Jim Kransberger Comtemporary Sculpture, AshevilleJim Kransberger arrives at American Folk by a road less traveled. He is not educated as an artist. He claims hw only studied at the Toledo Museum of Art on Saturdays all the way through the 3rd grade. "Although all art has a responsibility, an honesty, a point-of-view," Jim says, "it also must not take itself too seriously from a makers' stand point. The delight I find within Automata, mechanical sculpture, is that there is a lighter side to most everything...I don't lose that perspective."Website: www.jimkransberger.com | Read More: About this Artist on Our Blog
Christopher Perryman Domus Aurea Woodworking Studio, Asheville NCCiting the rich cultural traditions of woodworking in the Appalachian region, his own family’s tradition, and the unique creative environment of Asheville, Chris dedicates his energy to finding ways to express new perspectives in the ancient medium of wood. Born in the Piedmont, he was preceded by three generations of North Carolina woodworkers and showed a propensity for making things very early on. His superbly-made furniture pieces for home and life are often designed with just a touch of eccentric extravagance. Website: www.goldsplinter.com | Read More: About this Artist on Our Blog
Carl Pittman TuckasegeeCarl Pittman’s background in Natural Resources Forestry led to his continued connection and passion for wood. Early in his career as an artist, he began shaping canoes and small intricate items. After a 3 year apprenticeship in wood turning with sculptor George Peterson, Carl became a full time studio artist, working with wood through turning and sculpture. Website: n/a
Tom Pressley fairview NCMarquetry is an art form that had its inception in ancient Egyptian mosaics. Wood veneers are cut by knife or fretsaw into pieces, using grains, colors, and textures to create the impression desired for the picture. Tom is self taught and a member of the WNC Marquetry Group. Website: n/a | Read More: About this Artist on Our Blog
Cameron Proctor Marion NCCameron comes from a family of wood workers and is proud to be the third generation contributing to this tradition. He started carving at age 12 and never stopped. He has a special talent for carving detailed caricatures and has produced handcarved statues of many notable characters. His wooden walking sticks are both functional (a nice thing to have while walking in these mountains) and touched with a bit of humor and whimsy as well. Website: n/a | Read More: About this Artist on Our Blog
Brian Shope hendersonville NCFor Brian it is all about the wood! Cherry, maple, walnut or oak -- the beauty of the wood makes Brian's hand crafted bowls, platters and cross cut table-tops such wonderful one-of-a-kind creations. His hand-carved wooden pieces add rustic elegance to any home or office environment. Website: n/a
Andrew Stockman Mountain Wood Turnings, hendersonville NCAndrew has been working with wood all his life and has recently returned to wood turning full time. He prefers using locally grown hardwoods and his art emphasizes the wood’s natural beauty. He hand-turns wooden bowls, vessels, platters -- utilitarian and artful. His handcrafted wood pieces for home and kitchen use have a food-safe finish. Website: n/a
Bill Wanezek Burnsville NCBill's woodworking career started as a youngster working side by side with his dad. He often starts out with a concept and then changes it as the beauty of the wood reveals itself. He currently has about 30 different kinds of domestic and exotic hardwoods from which he makes a wide variety of functional and decorative woodcraft products including tableware, candlesticks, pen sets, clocks and his popular free-form "otter" letter openers. Website: n/a. | Read More: About this Artist on Our Blog