The Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, 15 Azalea Road, announces another experienced craftsman as their February/March ‘Artisan Spotlight.’ Stuart Kilpatrick has been a wood-turner artisan at the cabin for five years. Because Kilpatrick is winding down his career, his beautiful wood creations may become collector items soon.
A Colorado native, Kilpatrick graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado where he met his wife, Norma. Celebrating their 63rd anniversary this year, the couple moved to Pinehurst in 2006. The local organization, Sandhills Wood Turning Guild, caught his interest as accomplished wood-turners. “It looked like fun and there was the suspense of it. Every piece of wood is a mystery. I never know what it’s going to turn into until I start on it.” Kilpatrick commented about his work.
He explained that wood turning is very similar to the potter’s art. Both artisans create as they go. However, if a mistake is made, the potter can start over. But a wood-turner’s mistake turns into kindling…or a different creation.
Accomplished writer Ron Rhody compiled his story and Blair Coleman did the creative artwork. Both are local residents and volunteer members of the Communications Team at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange.
Kilpatrick’s work is highlighted at the forefront of the cabin gift shop during the next couple months.
The cabin is open Tuesdays through Saturdays for this spring season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome to help serve as a waitresses, gift shop cashier or kitchen sous chef helpers. Interested volunteers and To-Go orders may be made by calling 910-295-4677.