Woodworker carves a niche at ArtWalk
Woodworker Allen Davis spent his professional years as head of two Florida corporations.
With leisure time to be filled in 1997, the retired executive revived his interest in woodcraft, dormant since teen years in industrial art classes.
Now, he’s found his way to the High Country, with his work being showcased at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.
Largely self-taught, he works from his studio and shop, Winchester Woodworks, in Waynesville, surrounded by great stacks of logs, stumps, branches, roots, castoff cuts, rejected knotty burls and other natural resources awaiting transformation.
Bartered treasures from other craftsmen, pottery and glass often add artistic function to his turned bowls and trays. Davis’s other interest, motor home travel, presents opportunities to gather unusual additions to his raw materials: Florida beach driftwood, California redwood roots, Louisiana swamp cypress and pecan, Mississippi tupelo or black gum, North Carolina dogwood and apple, and weathered South Carolina barn wood.
Supporting conservation, the “leftovers” will become cutting boards, custom writing instruments and desk tools. Even the smallest cuts can be used creatively. Each unique vessel pieced from precision-cut segments reflects Davis’s evolving style with new color, pattern, and textural variety.
Davis’s work can be found at ArtWalk, located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone. For more information, or to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent, call (828) 264-9998, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.
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