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October 27, 2024 - November 1, 2024

Craig Nutt  ·  website

Paul M. Sasso  ·  website

Workshop Overview

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This workshop will be more like a creative experiece – a gathering of colleagues to share skills and knowledge, and to make work together. There are many ways to carve a hunk of wood! Students should come prepared to share their ways of working and be ready to learn some new ones. Students should bring their tools and bring them sharp. If you use gismos, contraptions, or thingamajigs, bring those, too. Students should bring images for show and tell, and material to work with and some to share. Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone and to get in the groove. This workshop is not for beginners, but intermediate and advanced wood carvers.


  • Hand carving techniques


  • Wood


  • Exchange of skills and knowledge
  • Learn about one another’s work
  • Make some cool things and have fun!



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Craig Nutt is a studio furniture maker and sculptor, whose work is in numerous museum collections including the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum; the High Museum of Art; the Tennessee State Museum; the Georgia Museum of Art; and the Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville Museums of Art in Alabama. He has received fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a southeast regional fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018 he received the prestigious Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society and a Lifetime Honorary Membership from Tennessee Craft, both in recognition of his work and contributions to the arts field. Nutt completed two successful public art projects for the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including the iconic Corncorde, a ten-foot long carved wooden jet ear of corn commissioned prior to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. A native of Iowa, Craig Nutt lived much of his life in Alabama and currently lives and works near Nashville, TN.

Born in Canada, Paul M. Sasso’s life has been driven by an insatiable curiosity and chance taking, seeking a sense of intelligent discourse with himself and others who cross his path. He studied painting and sculpture at the University of Windsor (BFA) and at the University of Tennessee (MFA). He is now a Professor Emeritus from Murray State University in western Kentucky where he taught for 27 years and began and developed the wood program. Not having traditional woodworking and furniture training gave him the freedom to explore new ways of approaching the field. He has long believed that the work that emerges from the making process should engage and evoke questions from viewers. His work has been acquired by collectors and museums in the United States. Paul and his late wife Sandy, a painter, built a compound of 6 buildings and gardens near Almo, KY affectionately called Sassoville. The gardens have been expanded ridiculously during and since Covid. The pandemic did not interfere with the creative process.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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