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Wood Carving Demo

Wood Carving Demonstration & Soap Carving Workshop
10am - 12 pm
Sponsored by Louisiana Crafts Guild
A little bit about Tom...    

Tom Griffin has enjoyed working with his hands and admired the folk art created by the people near his birthplace in rural Kentucky for as long as he can remember. Tom received a BS degree in Construction Technology from LSU then later in life attended UL Lafayette studying Architecture. After working as a building contractor for many years he soon discovered that he preferred remodeling and restoration rather than constructing new buildings or highways and bridges. What Tom enjoyed was the challenge and creativity required to modernize and update existing structures.  Upon retirement from building construction, Tom filled his days making wooden toys for his grandchildren and growing gourds to make birdhouses.  His curiosity and research on embellishing gourds led him to pine needle basketry. After being displaced by Katrina, Tom spent time as a work/study taking week long courses at John Campbell Folk School in North Carolina concentrating on carving of both wood and wet cement. While there in addition to learning about traditional Appalachian folk art I discovered the lost art of fan carving, an old world folk art brought to America by immigrants from Scandinavia. Today he works  with a variety of natural materials most of which are grown and gathered near his  home in Louisiana.  Tom prefers traditional hand tools rather than power tools.  Although his designs originally were influenced by Appalachian folk art of Kentucky and North Carolina, he has  started to focus on subjects unique to the rich Cajun culture of south Louisiana.

Date:  Saturday, December 13, 2014
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Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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