My wife and I took a trip to Ohio to visit family. We often take a western route and visit the Kentucky Artisan Center (check out my blog entry here). This time we were going to the eastern routs since my wife wanted to attend the 11th Quilt Nationals in Athens, Ohio. This allowed us to stop at Tamarack – The best of West Virginia.
Tamarack is a pretty amazing place for arts and crafts with a lot of wood arts and crafts on display. Like the Kentucky Artisan Center, there is a very nice display of the work available for sale, but in addition, there are some special exhibits and artist studios. If you’re there at the right time, you can watch the artist do a demo.
One of the special exhibitions had a lot of nice wood pieces.
Included were nice carved pieces by Jim Probst.
and turned pieces by Cokey Gainer
and Terra Majestic
There were also some great gourd pieces by Cynthia Hensley Gillespie.
There was also beautiful furniture pieces throughout Tamarack, but this was my favorite by John Wesley Williams.
It looks like it would definitely be at home in Elrod’s study.
As we walked around we found the mother lode of wood items for sale. There were shelf after shelf of turned bowls, cutting boards, turned wooden ornaments, kitchen utensils, birdhouses and on and on.
So the next time you are traveling on I77 near Beckley, West Virginia, stop in to Tamarack and check it out.