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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hickory Museum of Art Demo Schedule

Demonstration Artists for Friday Oct. 16
  • 9am- 12pm
    Steve Ivester and Volunteers - Print Making with Etching Press
  • 10am - 4pm
    Virginia Hurley - Pottery: Wheel Work and Clay Carving
  • 11am - 1pm
    Dick Knotts - Cane and Rush Work
  • 3 - 5pm
    Sigrid Hice - Book Making

Kids Projects for Saturday Oct. 17
  • 9am - 4pm
    Jackie Matte - Art Decoy Construction
  • 9am - 4pm
    Steve Ivester and Volunteers - Inside Sawing/Fret Work
  • 9am - 4pm
    Ginny Zellmer and Volunteers - Wooden Animal Construction
  • Noon - 4pm
    Heather Friday - Soap Carving

Klingspor Abrasives Tours

We will have three tours this year! SIGN UP EARLY (at show only) or van will fill up! 9:30, 11:00, and 12:30 on Friday, October 16th.

Western Piedmont Community College Booth

Stop by the Western Piedmont Community College booth at the 15th Annual Extravaganza!

John Ferguson may be best known throughout the region for his Bergelin Custom furniture but his roots are in hand crafted wood furniture and accessories. From 1977 to 1987, Ferguson became deeply involved in Appalachian Mountain Culture. He apprenticed at a cabinet shop founded in 1872 by Felix Barr, a man who walked from Jefferson NC to Galax, Virginia with a lathe strapped to his back. Under direction of his 85 year old son, Basil Barr also known as "Colonel", Ferguson learned all his wood working knowledge in this Virginian cabinet shop. Ferguson credits his success as a fine woodworker, producing shaker-style furniture and accessories, to the strong foundation received through this apprenticeship. "I am drawn to the ideals of the Shaker tradition," replied Ferguson, "Simplify and never sacrifice integrity or strength." Ferguson teaches Professional Crafts: Wood courses at Western Piedmont Community College located in Morganton, North Carolina.

New Booth-Wood Products...

We welcome a new booth at the 15th Annual Extravaganza - Harry W Watt, Wood Products Specialist, North Carolina State University!

The Wood Products Extension Department at North Carolina State University is the outreach arm of the Wood Products program that promotes the forest and wood products industry in North Carolina. They assist businesses that manufacture, distribute and retail wood product in the traditional product categories of sawmills, plywood and veneer, cabinets, furniture and millwork. They currently have grant projects that promote North Carolina made furniture sold to retail stores and in the institutional markets of state agencies, colleges, universities, local governments and school districts. They will be hosting the upcoming Upholstery Furniture Frame Workshop in Conover on Thursday, November 12th. They assist wood products manufacturers in the areas of lumber drying, wood gluing, finishing, production processes improvement, business management and marketing. They also conduct workshops for the firewood industry and for small sawmills businesses.

Bio of Dwayne Gosnell, Carver

Dwayne will be doing a demo CARVING a CARICATURE at 3pm in the carving section at the 15th Annual Extravaganza.

Dwayne lives in Hickory North Carolina with his fiancée Tabitha and his daughter Payton working full-time as a local Deputy. Carving is a release from the high stress job. He began his carving journey after buying a carving knife and gouge from a local supplier. From the moment knife hit wood he was hooked. Soon after carving he went to a local club meeting and met Mitch Cartledge. He and Mitch carved over a year once a week. These lessons laid the foundation to create proportions and expressions in caricature carving. Dwayne has won numerous awards in competitions on the East Coast however when asked he will tell you his greatest achievement is the friends he is found along the way...

Dwayne is available for private classes and small group lessons in Hickory North Carolina he also travels when scheduling is available. He currently has three rough-outs available for purchase.

You may contact Dwayne at his email address or by phone 828.514.1567.

Bio of Nick Cook, Woodturner

Nick Cook will be at this year's 15th Annual Extravaganza!

Nationally known woodturner, Nick Cook lives in Marietta, Georgia, where he owns and operates his studio. He grew up around his father's woodworking equipment and became interested in the art of woodturning in the mid-70s after several years in furniture design and manufacture.

A founding member of the American Association of Woodturners, Nick served six years on the board of directors, including one as vice president.

In addition to creating one-of-a-kind pieces and his staple gift items, Nick teaches and lectures on various woodturning topics, has written articles for several woodworking magazines, and produced two woodturning videos.

The primary materials that he now uses are maple, cocobolo, and tagua nuts. He employs a variety of woods, both domestic and exotic for his one-of-a-kind pieces. Nick's work is marketed in gift shops and galleries from coast to coast and is included in numerous corporate and private collections. You can also find Nick selling his pieces at craft fairs in the Southeast.

You can visit Nick online @

Bio of Jo Robinson, Pyrography

Jo will be doing active pyrography demo’s in the Catawba Valley Woodcarvers 14th anniversary show. 

Wood burning is a new and exciting medium to Jo Robinson. She was introduced to pyrography by Tim Trudgeon in his wood carving class over two years ago and found it to be a favorite form of expression.

Jo Robinson's artistic past includes works in various mediums ranging from painting to sculpture. Jo Robinson has paintings and art work in private homes, offices, and hotels in USA, Barbados, UK, Australia, and Canada. Her art work has shown in galleries in Virginia, Washington DC., New York, Barbados and North Carolina.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tim Trudgeon - Pumpkin Carver

Tim Trudgeon, the pumpkin carver, will be at the 15th Annual Extravaganza!

Tim has been carving wood since he was a Cub Scout; however, he began carving full time when he retired 17 years ago. He has been carving pumpkins since 1984. From 1997 to 2000, he carved for the fall festival at the Museum of the Appalachia, and has carved pumpkins at the NC State Fair for 15 years. He has been the pumpkin carver at Hart Square since 1987, missing only one year during that time. This will be about the fifth or sixth time he has carved for the “Woodworking Extravaganza” and donated his carved pumpkins to the Catawba Valley Woodcarvers raffle. He resides in Davie County and has been retired from the FAA for over 17 years.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Michele Parsons: Wood Artist

Michele will be offering demos at Klingspor's Woodworking Shop Woodworking Extravaganza!

Michele Parsons: Wood Artist

Michele Parsons is a member of the International Association of Pyrographic Artists (IAPA). She is one of the few pyrography (woodburning) instructors in the North Carolina area, and has taught pyrography classes from South Carolina to Wisconsin. Michele has been a published author for Pyrography Magazine for the past three years and was a participant in the historic 20th Century Pyrography Exhibition at the Andrews Art Museum in Andrews, NC.

Michele earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Carolina University and, after a successful corporate career, has spent the last ten years woodcarving, creating pyrography and studying under renowned instructors such as Fred Cogelow, Paul Rolfe, Tom Wolfe, Vic Kirkman, Desiree Hajny, and Rosalyn Daisey. She currently runs Parsons Wood Artistry, sells her artwork in regional galleries, does commission work, and teaches pyrography. 

Michele is very active in national and local woodcarving and pyrography clubs including:

  • North Carolina Woodcarving Association (NCWA) (President, Founder)
  • Woodworkers of North Carolina (WONC) 
  • International Association of Pyrographic Artists (IAPA)
  • Pyrographic Art Group
  • National Wood Carvers Association
  • Women with Knives
  • Rutherford County Visual Artist Guild
  • Rutherford County Woodworkers
You can visit Michele online @

Monday, October 5, 2015

Catawba Valley Quilters' Guild

Guys, make sure to bring your wives this year as Quilting Show will be going on next to our show! Learn more by visiting them online @

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Vendor Drillnado

Visit the Drillnado booth at the show to learn more about dust collection for the drill press!