The sun was just peeking up over the mountains as the car climbed up into the hills toward Asheville, North Carolina. I carefully poured another cup of coffee from the thermos and watched the sun burn the mist off the mountains on that perfect fall day in October.
I was on my way to visit with Allen Davis at Winchester Woodworks, up above Waynesville, North Carolina near Balsam Mountain. We met at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Show, and I knew I had to have his work in the gallery.
Allen’s directions were good, and pretty soon I was winding down a twisting, one-lane road to his land where he has his shop and home. Allen does his work in the garage of an old house in the midst of a decade’s worth of wood chips and sawdust. Allen walked me through all the steps necessary to make his bowls and unique wine bottle stoppers. If you have one of these bowls, then you have a rare item as few artisans have mastered how to do what Allen does so well.
After the shop “school”, Allen took me to his house to see his wife’s quilt-making studio and to view her work. That is a story that will have to wait for another day!
Please enjoy these photographs from our visit with Allen Davis and shop for his work at Pixel Point. ~