January Meeting

Hand Tool Woodworking

Lyle Wheeler

Tuesday, January 15

January's speaker will be Lyle Wheeler, a chairmaker, blacksmith and all-around good ol' boy from Millers Creek, Wilkes County, NC. He has been creating utilitarian objects of art and desire since before he can remember. Working in the period of the late 1800s, his furniture is handcrafted, and bench made from native Appalachian hardwoods while his ironwork is forged from mild steel. Mr. Wheeler is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and specializes in the tools, technique, and style of the period between 1860-1890. He uses all hand tools, and he can demonstrate how to make a chair out of a log by hand. Although he worked for years as an engineer in industrial microwave technology, he has made his full-time living as a chair maker since 1989.

Host: Mark Firley 


Scenes from our July Meeting



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