Craft fair displays Appalachian skills

Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer

October 4, 2013

Thursday was Bell County’s Appalachian Craft Fair on the square in Pineville.

The annual event gives woodworkers, carvers, crocheters and knitters a chance to display and sell various types of handmade mountain goods.

The Bell County Extension Agents began this event to help the crafters gain visibility in the area and have a place to market their product. Because many of the crafters are demonstrating their product at the fair, it could interest those in younger generations to carry on the mountain tradition.

Woodworker and carver John Hendrickson has been making wood carvings for eight years. He learned his craft from his father, who originally started carving birds and wildlife creatures.

Hendrickson, Marvin Amburgy and Johny Jones created the Pine Mountain Woodcarvers Club to generate interest and keep their art traditions alive.

Together, they displayed woodland animals, caricatures, pets and a wide variety of seasonal Santas they had carved and painted by hand.

Since beginning his art, Hendrickson has branched out and has many items for sale in Appalachian craft shows across the Tri-State.

“This event is great because it really gives us a place to generate interest in old mountain craft,” said Hendrickson.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.