Appalachian Centre for Craft – Tennessee Tech’s Hidden Gem.

Marni MacLeod

Besides movie watching and generally loafing about I did make a trip down South to Georgia to visit my fiancée who happens to be a metalsmith.  Aside from building a deck and drinking more water in 1 week than I have all year we went on a little road trip to visit, Bob Coogan, one of his Professors from his college days at the Appalachian Center for Craft.  The Center for Craft is perched on the top of a hill surrounded by 500 acres of forest – the idyllic setting for an art school.  It’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

With teaching studios for metal, clay, fibres, glass and wood the place is a feast for the eyes.  Just walking around the grounds you get to see student contributions everywhere.  It’s a place that inspires (and makes me wish I had it to do all over again).

Bob is the Metals Professor at the Center and specializes in knife making (or that’s one of his areas of expertise)… and not your garden variety kitchen utensil either (as illustrated by the piece below)

Damascus Ring - Robert Coogan, Appalachian Center for Draft, TTU

Damascus Ring - Robert Coogan, Appalachian Center for Draft, TTU

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