Alexander County, NC
Woody is a retired pharmacist and wellness consultant who began whittling at age 11 as a Boy Scout, his first carving a neckerchief slide. Raised in Surry and Yadkin counties he now resides with wife Mona in Taylorsville, Alexander County and carves weekly with the Alexander County Senior Center carvers. He is a member of the Catawba Valley Woodcarving Club in Hickory and serves on the Board of Directors.
Wilkes County, NC
Kim has been quilting and sewing for over 37 years. She enjoys combining traditional and modern techniques to create quilts, bags, and accessories that are both stylish and functional.
Clay County, NC
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area I graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in design.
Yadkin County, NC
Susan B Marlowe is an acrylic multimedia artist living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is known for her whimsical, joyful paintings which often depict colorful cows, “dream dogs” and “joy birds”. “Moo Joy” describes the celebratory element of Susan’s paintings.
Ron Davis is an ordained minister, licensed marriage and family therapist, executive coach and wood turner. He first started turning while working as a therapist in a substance abuse treatment program in Butner, NC. He would go with his patients to the craft part of the program and while working alongside them he discovered that he really liked making things out of wood by turning it on a lathe. He bought a lathe and put it on his front porch and in the winter his wife allowed him to put it in a spare bedroom (bless her heart).
Iredell County, NC
My father was a wood carver working in the Ball in Cage style and while I started at an early age but was sporadic in my efforts. We had both used exacto tools but at thirty began heating with wood and cutting my own fuel. I kept the larger and most special varieties that I found and began carving again. This is when I changed tools to the European style chisel and gouges with occasional mallet use. I still use the saved firewood as a source much of the time. This shows in the checks and cracks in the wood but as it is seasoned the danger of these cracks becoming large and damaging the subject is most remote. Think of them as you would wrinkles on an old face.
Watauga County, NC
Jewelry has always been a passion of mine, initially as a collector of unique pieces and currently as a jewelry artist. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, I moved to the Detroit area after graduating from college and getting married. In 1997, after the passing of my husband, I was looking for a place free of memories and discovered the High Country. Falling in love with the mountains I moved to Sugar Grove NC with my then teen-age daughter Lisa and haven’t looked back.
Watauga County, NC
Working primarily in oil on canvas, Jack Hamrick uses his unique impressionist style to create original paintings that arouse our instinctive visceral response to complimentary colors and patterns in the natural environment.