Wood Day, a showcase of woodworkers and their techniques, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Folk Art Center, located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville.

More than 15 fine masters of wood will demonstrate their craft, providing visitors with hands-on basic woodworking techniques.

The material of wood has multiple sources, such as branches, trunks, roots and bark, that are used in both function and decoration. Its earliest forms were generated for basic living, as a means of shelter or protection.

Being one of Appalachia’s indigenous resources, trees formed items for the early settlers of this region, such as tables, chairs, bowls, coopered barrels, as well as wagons and homes. Over time, woodwork transitioned into a leisure activity through whittling and carving.

This free event not only educates the public on the rigors and talent that goes into woodworking, but serves the mission of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in preserving a longtime culture and heritage.

Admission to Wood Day and the Folk Art Center is free.

For a complete list of Wood Day participants, and to learn more about Southern Highland Craft Guild programs at the Folk Art Center call 828-298-7928 or visit craftguild.org.

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