Saturday, 21 January 2012

Brasstown Carvers

Nolan, J.A., Avery & Pearlie

Ray, Douglas, Dub, Tom, Rome

In 1925 the two ladies Olive Dame Campbell and Olive and Marguerite Butler opened a folk-school in Brasstown, North Carolina, with the aim of supporting and nourishing the local Appalachian folk arts. In the 1930-40 the school became especially known for the products made by its whittlers. Although mostly men were carving at first, women eventually picked it up too, and soon big parts of the local population were producing hand-carved goods. It is said that some families even earned a bigger income carving rather than farming.

1 comment:

  1. Hi guys, another great post, thanks for sharing! Obviously you guys do quite a lot with knives and carving... I'm wondering if you use similar knives and sharpener in the kitchen as well? I'm searching for high-quality kitchen knife sharpeners and have heard of DMTs sharpening products. Any experience with these? Would love to hear your thoughts.

    - Jaclyn