‘Let the Wood Chips Fall’ at Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea

Photos left to right: Marian Thompson carves; chip carving by Will Bondurant; Ron McWhorter begins chopping a dough bowl.
Photos left to right: Marian Thompson carves; chip carving by Will Bondurant; Ron McWhorter begins chopping a dough bowl.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will ‘let the wood chips fall’ as they demonstrate wood carving from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Demonstrating that day will be Marian Thompson and Will Bondurant, both from Berea, and Ron McWhorter, of Richmond. Thompson carves figures and animals, Bondurant is adept at chip carving, and McWhorter uses an adz to chop dough bowls from half sections of logs.

Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools, monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations and special events. Members specialize in a wide variety of techniques and styles of carving. Carvers in the group often mentor each other, and all enjoy sharing their love of woodcarving, making their demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Center a mix of humor, technique and storytelling.

Woodcarving is an ancient art found in every culture and part of the world, reflecting many carving styles such as whittling, line carving, chip carving, pierced carving, relief carving, in-the-round carving (sculpture), architectural carving and chainsaw carving.

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 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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