Steven Flinchum of Elkhorn lets his art tell its own story.
Flinchum, owner of Shadoway: Expressions in Wood, has worked as a wood turner for more than 20 years and had several products on display Saturday at the annual Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen’s Fall Fair.
This is the first year Flinchum has been a part of the fair that was threaded through the forest of Indian Fort Theatre.
“I’ve always loved the setting of this show,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do this show, and this year I was accepted.”
He described his art of wood turning as “high-speed carving.”
“It rotates and you apply the chisel to it,” he said. “You guide the chisel to create the shape that you want and find the design in the wood that you want.”
Flinchum had products on display Saturday that were made from 50,000 year-old wood unearthed in places like Ireland and England.
He displayed a wide variety of handmade, wooden pens that represent his passion to promote the importance of writing and literacy.
“The wood really tells the story,” he said. “Not only the beautiful grain, but it’s the history of the wood itself. All wood is different and is good for different things. It’s all part of the whole cycle that we’re a part of. We all need to live together and protect our trees because they’ve taken care of us all these years.”
The works of more than 80 members of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen will be on display for the remainder of the weekend.
The guild was created in 1961 and would travel throughout the community on two rail cars, explained guild director Jeannette Rowlett.
“They were taken to a community and the curator would get out and explain (the art) to the community,” she said.
Local schoolchildren would come and view demonstrations given by the curator.
The first guild craft fair was in 1967 and now has 350 guild members.
Each artist on display this weekend at Indian Fort Theatre was put through a screening process and hand-selected to be a part of this year’s fair, Rowlett said.
This year was the seventh time Marti Skaggs of Brammer Gap Soap Kettle has been a part of the craft fair.
“We enjoy making a nice, natural product that people can bathe in and put on their skin,” she said. “Everything is naturally scented and naturally colored.”
Her business, which is based in Carter County, has been operating for eight years and specializes in making all-natural soaps and lotions.
“We always to love this (craft fair),” Skaggs said. “In the fall of the year, it’s just a beautiful place. We’re having a wonderful weekend and the weather is perfect.”
Live entertainment and craft demonstrations were given Saturday and will continue today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“People are going to see things they’ve never seen before,” Rowlett said. “All of our work is handmade. When you purchase a piece from one of our people, you’ve got something that could become an heirloom.”
Call 986-3192 or visit www.kyguild.org for more information about the guild, ways to become a member or a sponsor.
Ronica Shannon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6608.