ARROWMONT CRAFT CONVERSATIONS is a video series that highlights artists in the Arrowmont community. Our partnership with Arrowmont faculty and community members has contributed to Arrowmont’s longevity, growth as a school of arts and crafts, and our reputation as an institution that welcomes everyone. The artists who appear in this series exemplify the characteristics that represent the School — they span generations and are among the most experienced, capable, and innovative in the arts and crafts world.
Each of the artists in this series offers insights into their work and their reflections on being a part of the Arrowmont community.
Green Woodworking is a method of wood working that uses unseasoned, or “green,” wood – directly from a tree that has fallen or been felled, rather than seasoned/dried timber typically found in home improvement stores. Green woodworkers also utilize traditional hand tools to shape the pieces for furniture or other finished products.
Arrowmont instructor, Andy McFate is a studio craftsman and green woodworker in Asheville, NC. He joins Arrowmont wood studio technician, Heather Ashworth, in a conversation about the revival of Green Woodworking techniques and the unique properties that make it exciting to explore and teach.
Heather Ashworth is head technician of the Wood Studios at Arrowmont. She received her BFA in Furniture Design and Utilitarian Ceramics at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Ashworth has been in the woodworking world since high school, where she was originally interested in architecture and construction. By her senior year, she attended a trade school in St. Louis, Missouri where she developed more furniture-based skills.
Andy McFate is a studio craftsman and green woodworker living in Asheville, NC. He is a founding organizer of The Cabbage School; a fast and loose interdisciplinary craft school in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He has an associates degree in furniture making from Haywood Community College. He has also completed an apprenticeship with chairmaker Drew Langsner, and studied Windsor chairmaking with Curtis Buchanan. He founded McFate Furniture, a two-person design and build studio that works directly with people to create custom furniture and built environments.
Andy’s website: http://mcfatefurniture.com/