Parsons Wood Artistry (PWA) occupies studio space at the Union Mills Learning Center, a renovated school where the community holds events such as the Rutherford Outdoor Coalition (ROC) running series, crafts festivals, children's reading programs, and bluegrass concerts. The studio space is a large classroom with an ambience of history through its wood floors, tall ceilings, and tall windows giving plenty of natural light.
Parsons Wood Artistry is now a part of the Blue Ridge Craft Trail, a designated part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (a partner of the National Park Service) that stewards living Appalachian traditions in North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Craft Trail is rich in craft traditions and brimming with artists. You can travel along the Blue Ridge Craft Trails to visit with artists in their studios, shop at galleries full of local, handmade artwork, and discover scenic treasures and cultural gems along the way.
Visitors to Parsons Wood Artistry will be able to view displays of both antique and modern pyrography equipment, watch a pyrography demonstration, and try their hand at burning on wood or leather. Visitors may also have the chance to view traditional woodcarving work in progress using European-style bench carving with mallets, chisels, and gouges. Artwork is available for purchase, as well as pyrography equipment, supplies and books.
Parsons Wood Artistry Studio is open to the public by appointment only.
Call (919) 389-4918 to make appointment.