"Knock on Wood' - Center Features Wood Artists in August

Photo: Carved wood tiles by Will Bondurant


During the month of August the Kentucky Artisan Center will present demonstrations by six Kentucky artisans who create baskets, turned vessels, creatures and characters and mystical houses from wood.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, David and Donna Glenn, of Louisville, will demonstrate how they make their wood veneer baskets from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Center.

As a former engineer, David Glenn saw a lamp made from wood veneer over 30 years ago and it inspired the line of baskets they now create. Their baskets come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are woven using different colored wood veneer, which allows for a wide variety of patterns.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, Jamie Donaldson, of Georgetown, will demonstrate woodturning on the lathe from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Donaldson is active in both regional and national woodturning associations and is in demand as a demonstrator. His works often are asymmetrical and he enjoys using unusual sections of wood including the bark, He often utilizes various stains to bring out the natural character of the wood he turns on the wood lathe

On Saturday Aug. 12, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors free guided tours through the center’s gallery exhibit, “225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History” and the lobby exhibit, “Agate: Jewel of Kentucky.” Tours are at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

The center will also feature woodcarving in August, by members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers. On Saturday, Aug. 19, three members will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Carving that day will be Keith Flowers, Jack Gann and John Ferguson. 

Working almost entirely with cottonwood bark, William L. Rogers found his creative outlet after a 30-year career with IBM. Rogers will be demonstrating his carving skills on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

The Montana and Alaskan cottonwood bark that Rogers uses has been harvested from dead trees whose bark has fallen to the ground. All of Rogers’ carvings are original, and because no two pieces of bark are alike, no two of his carvings are exactly alike.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about center events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website, or visit the center’s Facebook page.


Photos, left to right: Donna Glenn weaves a basket from wood veneer; Turned square bowl by Jamie Donaldson; Carved Cottonwood by William Rogers.



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