Wood Turning Roger Whigham began his enjoyment of woodworking over forty years ago while building a mahogany coffee table in woodshop class. Retirement in 2010 allowed Roger to expand his woodworking hobby to include woodturning. Since then he has turned hundreds of bowls and has learned techniques to make segmented bowls and natural edge bowls. He most enjoys working with Black Walnut, a wood that is plentiful in the upstate.
William J. (“Joe”) Padgett was Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Chairman of the Department of Statistics at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Upon retiring and returning to his native Upstate in 2003, he has taught part time in Mathematical Sciences at Clemson and served on the Boards of Directors of POSAM (2010-2017) and the Pickens Presbyterian Child Development Center (2013-2017). He also has been turning wood, repairing and making stringed instruments (particularly guitars and mandolins), and teaching kids to play guitar or mandolin during retirement.
Pottery Lou Peden has been making nature-based pottery for almost 40 years. She often says that every piece starts with a walk in the woods. With degrees in art from both the University of Georgia and Arizona State University, she taught art at levels from kindergarten through college. Currently she spends most of her time in her studio near Table Rock, making pottery that blurs the lines between decoration and function. Most of the organic material she incorporates into 10 her art is from Pickens County, a favorite being the large Magnolia macrophyla, harvested from behind the Pickens Museum. She can be found every third Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site, kicking an old-style treadle wheel.
Silversmithing Joy Evans, being of Cherokee Heritage, fell in love with Native American jewelry many years ago. Having a torching desire, she decided to learn and create the jewelry herself, hand hammering, stamping and filing each piece in the old Southwest Indian way. After a 25-year career as a design, advertising, and sign artist with her own business, she turned the page and began learning silversmithing/metalsmithing. Now 12 years later, Joy has taught classes in silversmithing and is the metalsmith at Hagood Mill. Her style of jewelry is loved by people with Native tastes and who want a unique and different piece of jewelry. Her website is http://www.spirithawkjewelry.com and she is the author of How To Make Basic Silver and Copper Jewelry.
Gourd Carving/Weaving Debbie Wilson, I am a retired art teacher who has taught levels 3 years of age to adults. Patterns and textures in nature are the inspirations that can continually be seen in my original designs." I find it fascinating that what we think is so new and original, already is here for the observations in nature." Gourds, basket weaving and mixed media are the primary focus of art that I do these days, these mediums work very well for expression that uses texture, color and multiple patterns. Current interests include taking classes in watercolor, teaching gourd and basket classes, learning to make quilts, and making desserts and coming up with recipes for The Hungry Drover, a local Travelers Rest restaurant , owned my husband and myself.
Appalachian Cooking Class: Martha Parris is an experienced cook who helps prepare lunches at the Hagood Center (formally known as the Pickens Senior Center) and presents classes on Appalachian cooking each summer for the Young Appalachian Musicians Camp, and for the annual Gathering on Appalachian Life. Class will prepare a full menu which we will enjoy together at the finish.
Basket Weaving Peggy McCarson has been weaving baskets for over 20 years and teaching for more than 15.She is a member of the Upper South Carolina Basketmakers Guild and has taught at many state conventions.She also volunteers at Senior Action.Peggy enjoys teaching beginners because they come with different perspectives that allow both student and teaching to learn.
Reba Kruse BSN, RN is a holistic nurse-herbalist dedicated to empowering individuals, groups, and communities to achieve their best health. Holistic nursing is a specialty founded on the idea that the mind, body, and spirit are connected and seeks to guide individuals on their individual healing path. Plants are wonderful teachers and a large part of her efforts to help people find power and reclaim their own health. Her study and practice of nurse-herbalism is an ongoing passion and calling. Reba is a highly skilled, experienced nurse in the clinical specialties of critical care and school nursing. Also, as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Reba follows the path of honorable warrior serving to bring healing to our returning veterans suffering from PTSD. In addition to herbs, her toolkit includes experience as a Reiki Level II Practitioner in Usui Shiki Ryoho, and Usui Komyo Ryoho (Chuden) traditions.
Spoon and Bowl Carving Ronald F. Wilson grew up in Pickens, South Carolina and is a graduate of Pickens High School. Ron’s secondary education includes a BA in Social Studies from Wofford College and a MAT in Education from Converse College. He served in the United States Army from 1969-1971. Ron retired from Pickens High as a teacher, athletic director, and football coach in 1999. Ron has always enjoyed working with wood. The carved bowls and utensils he made from locally sourced woods are a great addition in any home - both functionally and aesthetically. Ron enjoys sharing his carving techniques with others in his classes at the Holly Springs Center.
Art and Craft of Cooking Chef Karen Palladino-Before moving to South Carolina in the fall of 2012 I was providing personal chef services for private villa clients and chef services for establishments throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 8 years that I lived there. I reworked the pastry and bread program at The Buccaneer, St. Croix's premier resort, and was a Guest Chef for several Island restaurants. Prior to moving to the Caribbean I was the Executive Chef and Culinary Instructor for the Dilworthtown Inn’s cooking school outside of Philadelphia in West Chester, PA. I conducted classes in cooking and food pairing with wine and also coordinated presentations with visiting celebrity chefs and wine distributors. I was awarded best Chef dinner for 2002 by the Chaine Des Rotisseurs Philadelphia Chapter and 2003 for the Delaware Chapter while there. I started my own company in 1991 which I ran for about 10 years in Ohio, a highly personalized catering business specializing in wine related functions, doing private dinner parties, off premise weddings and receptions catering to groups from 8 to 400 people.
Gardening Susan Ralston learned to love all things gardening from her grandparents. Back then family vegetable gardens were a major food source and most folks had at least a small garden in the yard. She earned an AA in Horticulture and then successfully completed the Clemson Master Gardener program. Today she is an active member of the Pickens Garden Club and can be found most mornings working in her own gardens.
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