It is amazing to see what fantastic creations can be discovered hidden within a piece of wood. When wood is placed into the hands of skilled Berea Welcome Center Carvers, it is transformed into beautiful, thoughtful and humorous carvings, as whittled shavings accumulate at each craftsman’s feet.
Keith Flowers, Jack Gann and Will Bondurant, all carvers from Berea, will demonstrate their woodcarving techniques on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events.
Members specialize in a wide variety of techniques and styles of carving. Carvers in the group often mentor each other, and all enjoy sharing their love of woodcarving, making their demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Center a mix of humor, technique and storytelling.
Woodcarving has many functional and decorative formats – from functional hand-hewn dough bowls to in-the-round caricature carvings, to decorative chip or low-relief carving on wooden tiles, spoons and walking sticks. Most woodcarvers begin their work using basic woodcarving knives. The finished surfaces of carvings can be either left plain, oiled or painted, depending on the whim of the carver and the desired finished result.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” through Sept. 10, 2016; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website or visit the center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.