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Wood and wearable fiber art at Carlton

Article Published: Dec. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Wood and wearable fiber art at Carlton

Master craftsman David Finck, has been designing and building fine wood furniture, acoustic musical instruments, jewelry cabinets and boxes, and lighting fixtures.

Carlton Gallery's 28th Winter Exhibition features nature's woods, wools and the artists' ability to create compelling one of a kind works in woodworking and wearables.

For many years, master craftsman David Finck, has been designing and building fine wood furniture, acoustic musical instruments, jewelry cabinets and boxes, and lighting fixtures.

Beyond his love of wood and his craft, a common thread joins all Finck's work - the pursuit of impeccable quality, he said, adding that "quality distinguishes the life-long from the fleeting, the substantial from the trivial."

James Thoma's shaker influenced boxes made from cherry and maple include carriers for remotes and letters, tissue boxes, oil/vinegar/wine holders and keepsakes.

Allen Davis uses natural resources and found objects to add function and creativity to his turned bowls, oil lamps, bottle stoppers, pens and magnifying glasses. His use of native hardwoods adds color, pattern and texture to his wood art.

Bobby Phillips's wood skills are influenced by his engineering and computer background, which affords him the opportunity to create unique works. His vessels and bowls are handcrafted from cherry burls, spotted maple, bleached willow, rhododendron and box elder.

Many of his wood pieces feature carving, surface texturing, ebony finials and inlaid materials of chrysocolla, turquoise and sandstone.

Local wood artist Alan Hollar handcrafts vessels and bowls, which are turned and then finely hand-carved, so each piece becomes a sculptural work of perfection and beauty. His wood choices are maple, catalox burl, butternut, ash and red oak.

The small multi-layered wood bowls of Robert Gunther are turned on a lathe, sanded and polished. Some are oiled and waxed; others are lacquered. The finishing techniques give the final luster - whether subdued or brilliant. Many have up to 23 layers of exotic woods. Because nature never duplicates itself in wood grains and patterns, each piece is one of a kind. Gunther's miniature wood bowls are created from reclaimed trees that usually become firewood if not saved for posterity.

Cutting boards, spatulas, and decorative trees in small, medium and large by Thomas Sternal round out the large collection of wood items on exhibit. His trees are cut on a band saw from rough cut wood with the bark still visible and make perfect decorations for the holidays.

The 28th Winter Exhibition also features woven, felted, knitted and crocheted wearables by the gallery's talented fiber artists.

The hand puppets and dolls by Martha Enzmann are made from the wool of Ashe County rambouillet sheep, ideal for stocking stuffers and a departure from the mass-produced gadgets of today.

The 28th Winter Exhibition which runs through March 15. The gallery is located 10 miles south of Boone and 7 miles north of Linville on N.C. 105 in the Grandfather Community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information about the gallery or artists, call (828) 963-4288 or visit

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