Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate Woodcarving at Kentucky Artisan Center

John Ferguson shows visitors his carvings; a variety of carved birds by members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers; Jack Gann carves a horse
John Ferguson shows visitors his carvings; a variety of carved birds by members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers; Jack Gann carves a horse

On Saturday, Sept. 21, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Carving that day will be Jack Gann, of Berea, John Ferguson, of Danville, and Robert Beddow, of Richmond.

Members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers live in many communities in central Kentucky, and their activities include carving classes, carving demonstrations at schools and monthly Kentucky Artisan Center demonstrations. Jack Gann is a veteran of the group and creates figures and animals with great detail and humor. Ferguson, a newer member, enjoys carving a variety of subjects while Beddow carves Santas and a variety of birds.

Members specialize in a wide variety of techniques and styles of carving and they often mentor each other, sharing their love of woodcarving. Their demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Center are 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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