Presenting the Heirloom Craft of Repousse'.
means shaped with patterns in relief made by hammering on the reverse
Award winning Dan and Ruthann Davenport creates design
blocks (known as dies) by carving patterns in reverse images in steel
blocks. This can take hours or months depending on the complexity
of the pattern .A sheet of recycled aluminum is then hammered over the
steel die to transfer the pattern in forward image to the aluminum .
aluminum is then formed to the desired shape. The piece is then given
the appearance of pewter by darkening over a coal fire and buffering
with steel wool and bees wax. Unlike pewter, the piece contains
no heavy metals making safer to use and clean.
The Davenports started
with four designs. They now has 60 odd designs with 15 different shapes .
They continues to add new designs yearly. However, the engraving process
is intricate and time consuming. Their ability to create new
engravings plates is limited.
Look for their display that includes Book
Marks, Ornamental Trays, Servers, and Specialty Crosses and more .
Dan and Ruthann
Davenport American Forging create Hand-Hammered
Aluminum heirlooms .
Current Show Exhibitor
Small Beginnings :
The Mountain Artisans Art & Craft Shows started in
Macon County in 1987. Only 8 artisans exhibited at
the first Christmas show in Franklin, NC.
We never imagined that,
down the road, we were headed to the wonderful Ramsey
Center on the Western Carolina University campus in
Cullowhee, North Carolina!
It is a dream come
true. As the years have flown by, more and more artisans
wanted a good place to sell their hand work and
joined us. So many of our small businesses have been sent overseas, but there are no
imports here. The southern craftsman are alive and
well in this area. Many of the heritage crafts
are handed down from the older generation.
The quilting, clay art, corn shuck flowers, and primitive furniture were inspired
from past generations.
You will find it all here.
Art and Crafts Shows provide a
marketplace for customers and artisans to meet. It is an amazing
collection under one roof. You would have to visit dozens
of shows to
find what I have gathered at one place.
Cullowhee, North Carolina is home
to the Western Carolina University. On the campus is the Ramsey
Center arena that boasts 18,000 square feet of climate controlled
comfort for everyone. It is home to the Catamount's
basketball games but two times each year, they move over for
our craft shows. A great set up crew makes it all look easy for
Quaint Cullowhee Valley nestles off Highway 107
that runs up to Cashiers, North Carolina from Sylva. It is a
stop off the Southern
Highroads Trail highway. All around are big, soft mountains. A foot bridge crosses the Cullowhee Creek to get
to the show from the parking lot. It is peaceful to your soul
just to be here. Click on the map to see how to get
to Cullowhee NC from Asheville, Cherokee, and Atlanta.
Artists: The sidewalk and surrounding area leading up to the big
Catamount door entrance has a sample of the quality
artisans inside. Look for the following :
- Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley NC
Mountains Outdoor Furniture handcrafts Adirondack
chairs, swings, birdhouses (for real birds) and more.
He constructs all with Western Red Cedar,
stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality; one piece at
a time ..
- Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things
Canvas handcrafts Hats, Travel Purses and
A.W. Ruff is the chief
Blue Bird House maker. He is still making old fashioned mountain toys and
cutting boards .
Backwoods Bakery - Artisan Organic Breads ,
Order early for
sourdough bread !
You have to
have an Ed Hudgins Sawmill Plank Tables for that mountain
Lynn and Bob Hushion TheBurningRock
has Slate Oil Lamps, Sea Urchin, Led Lights , Starfish Oil Lamps
and more. .
- Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
- Sandy DeNiear Originals Let's see what ornaments, pillows
and fun stuff Sandy has painted on vintage bases. for us this year .
- Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter
who has many area collectors.
She will return . Look for her with new ,exciting designs .
- Dogwood Crafters will be
back with their new Cook Book and samples from their Dillsboro shop.
- Tom and Fran Livingston
Piece by Piece Intarsia is returning with their Christmas
- There will be live guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's
Ronnie Evans. He will be selling his
to enjoy all year. He brings some of the music we grew up with.
- He will be signing copies of his new book 'Frankie -A Life
Interrupted" . A true story about the
unsolved death of his beautiful cousin in 1963. It happened
right in my neighborhood in Franklin, NC. Has he disclosed the
(Proceeds benefit REACH house .)
Specialty foods and sweets:
Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes,
Mixes and Rubs for your Christmas entertaining .
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming with his
Milk Soap and his personal Grooming Accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker, will have some new,
delicious new flavors.
- . David
Pruitt Another Place In Time is
working on little white churches
- some Country Stores for his collectors Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her handwork.
and Judy EdwardsPetals and Blooms transform vintage
plates and saucers into bird feeders .
- Suzanne Summers Original Suzanne Art always delights your eye with her explosion of color.
We are honored to have Pam Milat
artist .She will be
demonstrating her basket and home decor weaving .
Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles
will be the perfect glow to light up the winter with her collection.
Tommy Hill uses only the finest leather to create accessories
for his customers . A leather clock ? yes, and more orothy Dorothy Owen :clay sculpture
. Her animals are adorable and Original ..
- Rebeka JoyBrownRebekaJoyStudio has amazing
Egg Carvings :
Duck and smaller chicken sizes.
RichardsAll Things Steel has some long lasting metal signs for your home and business.
Converse Clay Sculpture is a blue ribbon winner !
- The Fine Art Category includes :
- Donald Lowmaster Lowmaster Artistry is
presenting his paintings and Gnomes .
- Wendy Griffith paints art on wood and
glass. She will be back with her collection of Animals, Birds and
- Dennis Deitz Country
Illustrations is a natural
talent. He has a way of bringing the mountains and it's
- people to life.
New York Times Best Seller Author :Dr. Lin Stepp and Jil Stepp
is presenting her award winning collection
just in time for winter reading !
Look for her on Facebook and Twitter
- Fabric and Fiber category includes :
(Look for Joan and Jim at the 'Summertime show)
- Talented duo Joan Marsden /Jim Nicolazzo with
quilted Wall Hangings ,Metal Art Wood and more .
is a perennial favorite quilter who has has a variety of baby
quilts , hangings and accessories .
- Bev Borchardt has a following who
watches for her latest Quilted Wall Hanging ,Quilts and
- Carol M .Pitts GaCowgirl
will be demonstrating Appalachian basket weaving and bringing her
unique Book FoldingCrafts .
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
Ron Baker Bowerbird Woodworking will have original
wood art wine racks,
WinterLatheWoodWorking has Fabulous Platters, Bowls and Plates .
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and afar :
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
is coming with Hand Stamped Jewelry in cool designs.
- Jacolyn Campbell, Master
Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry creations
from vintage silverware.
- Madga Fox Mermaid Accessories makes
headbands that are little treasures. She uses semiprecious stones, Austrian
and Czech crystals and Mother of Pearls.
- Bill Radford
Blue Ribbon Stone Carvings ,Bone
Necklaces ,Custom Knives
- will be back for Christmas .
Stix'nStones Jewelry ,here it comes for Christmas giving .
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