The Art of Crafts

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: May. 22, 2013 | Modified: May. 22, 2013
The Art of Crafts

Woodworker Jeff Neil, of Gray, Tenn., taps small copper nails into a newly formed oval box. His boxes are inspired by Shaker-made bent-wood boxes and adorned with designs inspired by traditional quilt patterns. He will demonstrate his craft methods today and Friday on the front porch of Flat Top Manor on the Moses Cone Estate in Blowing Rock.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Many visitors have expressed dismay that the Blue Ridge Parkway will not have ranger-led nature talks and hike this summer.

The cancellation of the popular series is due to the federal sequestration and budget cuts at the National Park Service.

Those visitors might be surprised to learn that those budget cuts have not impacted the craft demonstrations at the Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Estate.

That’s because the craft demonstration series is not funded by the NPS, but rather by the Southern Highland Craft Guild and its members.

The 2013 craft demonstration series started earlier this month and will continue through Thanksgiving. The artisans and craftspeople will give their demonstrations in the screened-in portion of the front porch of Flat Top Manor at the Moses Cone Estate.

Craft demonstrations take place from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and are closed for lunch at the demonstrator’s discretion.

The roster of craftspeople scheduled to appear this year includes woodworker Jeff Neil (May 23 and 24), fiber artist Lin Oglesby (May 25 to 28), woodworkers Bill and Tina Collison (May 29 and 30), jewelry maker Ruthie Cohen (May 31 to June 2), quilter Betty Fain (June 3 and 4), potter Rose Mueller (June 5 to 7), drum maker Judi Harwood (June 8 to 13), woodworker David Crandall (June 14 to 16), engraving artist Jay Pfeil (June 17 to 19), tapestry weaver Sandy Adair (June 21 to 23), block printer Ellie Kirby (June 21 to 23), raku-style clay artist Lynn Jenkins (June 24 to 30), jewelry maker Ruthie Cohen (July 1 to 4), tapestry weaver Sandy Adair (July 5 to 7), fiber artist Donata Jones (July 5), clay artists Fred and Rose Pinkul (July 10 and 11), Native American flute maker Lee Entrekin (July 12 to 14), woodworker Jack Rogers (July 17 to 21), clay artist Rose Mueller (July 22 to 24), fiber artist Donata Jones (July 24), woodworker Allen Davis (July 25 to 28), raku-style clay artist Lynn Jenkins (July 29 to Aug. 1), tapestry weaver Sandy Adair (Aug. 2 to 4), jewelry maker Jim Charneski (Aug. 2 to 4), quilter Gloria Felter (Aug. 9 to 11), woodworker Bill Henry (Aug. 12 to 14), doll maker Charlie Patricolo (Aug. 16 to 18), jewelry maker Kim Adams (Aug. 16 to 18), raku-style clay artist Lynn Jenkins (Aug. 20 to 26), macramé artist Jim Gentry (Aug. 27 to 29), woodworker David Crandall (Aug. 30 to Sept. 2), clay artist Rose Mueller (Sept. 3 to 5), jewelry maker Ruthie Cohen (Sept. 6 to 8), raku-style clay artist Lynn Jenkins (Sept. 14 to 20), drum maker Judi Harwood (Sept. 21 to 26), tapestry weaver Sandy Adair (Sept. 27 to 29), fiber artist Donata Jones (Sept. 28), woodworker Jeff Neil (Sept. 30 to Oct. 2), glass blower Jeff McKinley (Oct. 3 to 6), kaleidoscope maker Marc Tickle (Oct. 3 to 6), woodworker David Crandall (Oct. 7 to 9), woodworker Allen Davis (Oct. 10 to 13), wood bark carver Tom Gow (Oct. 14 to 16), fiber artist Lin Oglesby (Oct. 16 to 21), woodworkers Bill and Tina Collison (Oct. 18 to 20), woodworker Jack Rogers (Oct. 21 to 27), Native American flute maker Lee Entrekin (Oct. 25 to 28) and jewelry maker Jim Charneski (Oct. 29 to 31 and Nov. 22 to 24).

The craft demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Southern Highland Craft Guild

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established to preserve and promote hand craftsmanship in Southern Appalachia.
The guild offers crafts from a nine-state region and maintains a dedication to enduring skills passed from hand to hand for generations.
For more information, call the Parkway Craft Center at (828) 295-7938.

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