Wood Carving Show Townsend TN
The Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival, an annual woodcarvings show & competition, is held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend TN. The festival provides an opportunity for talented woodcarver’s from all over the United States to meet in one location and display not only their talents but also their recent works. Carvers are encouraged to setup displays for sale as well as to perform their craft throughout the show. The festival includes a competition aspect, which pits professional, amateur and hobby carvers’ talents against each other across a variety of categories. Entries must have been carved within the last 2 years and just a few of the categories are animal, bird and human figures; caricatures and spirit faces; and walking sticks and canes. There are also categories that reflect other challenges like wood burning, mixed media, relief carving, and chip carvings. The atmosphere is friendly and reminiscent of a local county fair with tables & booths setup so you can enjoy the wood carver artists’ work and often interact with the artists themselves.
The Festival takes place at the Heritage Center which itself is a museum dedicated to celebrating and displaying the history of East Tennessee and it’s unique culture rich in tradition. On display at the museum are artifacts dating back to 3000 BC and include a variety of exhibits illustrating lifestyles of Native Americans and early settlers. There are life-size exhibits, a historic village, cantilever barns, wheelwright shop and even a smokehouse! The woodcarving festival takes place throughout all of these areas but is mainly focused within the 500-seat covered amphitheater. As a bonus when attending the festival, you should make some time to patronize the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply store. It is also located in Townsend at Nawger Nob, approximately 3 miles down Hwy 321 toward Maryville / Knoxville. During this time of year, there are extra visuals & artist displays for you to admire and the shop is filled with friendly faces. You might even want to take a lesson or two in woodcarving while you’re there.
Whether you go for one day or both, the annual Woodcarving Festival is worth your time. It is a fantastic event for families and extremely cost effective at only $5 for adults. If you’re a woodcarver or interested in learning more about it, then it’s PERFECT for you!
View or Download the Smoky Mountain Woodcarver’s Show & Competition Flyer
Festival Dates & Times: October 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and October 8, Noon – 4 p.m.
Location: Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend TN
Woodcarvers Supply Store: 800-541-5994 | 865-448-6350
7321 Lamar Alexandar Parkway (Hwy 321), Townsend TN
To purchase some woodworking treasures right here in Gatlinburg, visit the Arts & Crafts Community Woodworking Shops