All posts filed under: Asheville North Carolina

The Montreat Side Table Begins Taking Shape

Firstly, the wife and I have been travelling. We have fallen in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and were there a couple of weeks ago for a full week (this, I believe is our fifth trip to the area). We accomplished some bucket list things like stay at the Pisgah Inn which is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway southwest of Asheville, NC. Then we drove southwest from there and covered parts of the parkway which we have never been on. We made it to Richland Balsam Overlook which is the highest point on the parkway (Mount Mitchell is higher, but I guess it is technically not on the parkway). We were close enough to the Great Smoky Mountains that we thought about just driving all the way to the beginning of the parkway, but were running out of time. So that is a bucket list item for me: to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from the beginning up to Asheville. We have gone as far north on the parkway as …

I Vacation in Asheville and Discover a Woodworking Mother Lode

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina is known to be a treasure trove of authentic Craftsman style furniture. The hotel lobby and hallways contain authentic Arts and Crafts furniture, some of which have been reproduced frequently enough to be easily found on the internet. My wife and I visited the Grove Park Inn while on vacation in Asheville and I tried to impress her with my knowledge of defining Arts and Crafts furniture details. For example, take the table and chairs seen below… The table is made of quarter-sawn white oak. The top features a frame which surrounds a tile center and the frame joinery shows exposed pegged tenons. The lower shelf utilizes keys to lock the exposed tenons in place. The aprons between the legs have a nice arch. Then on the chairs there is super cool inlay… But seeing such a large collection of Craftsman furniture all in one place is not the mother lode I refer to in my post title. That is next door at the Grovewood Gallery. This …