EMINENCE, Ky. (January 2004) According to local crafter
Bruce Nethery, he creates a little bit of everything.
Nethery teams with wife, Karen, to run B&K Cabin Crafts from their
home on the Henry-Oldham County line.
Although most of the couples wooden products contain a seasonal
theme, they also create items that are appropriate for gift-giving
any time of the year. Bruces benches and furniture, and Karens
Old World Santas are eye-catching in their detail and craftsmanship.
by Helen McKinney
Bruce Nethery's handiwork.
Bruce is skilled in woodworking and lathe turning, a hobby in which
he would like to become more involved. He hails from a family familiar
with this art form. My dad and brother had always woodworked,
His brother came into possession of their fathers tools, and
these were eventually passed on to Bruce. When he married Karen, they
decided to build a log home. Within 18 months, he had built their
home and decided, If I could build that, I could build anything.
The Netherys are members of the Henry County Arts & Crafts Guild.
Since its conception in 1999 with 16 charter members, the guild has
sought to promote the unique talent of its members. In addition to
a yearly art show, participation in the annual Holiday Bazaar, and
a display at Sues Emporium in La Grange, Ky., the guild is now
able to offer items for sale within the county.
A permanent display has been set up at Cooks Pharmacy and True
Value Stores in Eminence and Campbellsburg, both in Henry County.
Since Nov. 18, 13 members have used the space on a consignment basis.
Featured items that make wonderful gifts for any occasion include
oil paintings, wooden boxes, quilts, dolls and jewelry.
Bruce Nethery said most of his creations are reproductions. He does
use some wooden patterns dating from 1950 that belonged to his father.
These include wooden toys he has made in the past for nieces and nephews.
When he first became serious about his woodworking, he crafted stands
for his wifes Old World Santas. He is a member of the
Louisville Area Woodturners, from which he has learned a lot about
this craft. An employee of Ford, Nethery has also taken adult education
classes through the company, which revolved around a variety of subjects.
Fellow guild member and woodturner Neal Morris has also been an inspiration
for Nethery. He said that by just being around fellow crafters and
artisans and seeing what they do has been encouraging. He hopes to
get half as good as them, over a period of time.
The Netherys were asked to join the guild and couldnt refuse
the offer. When guild members voted on participation in the Cooks
display, Nethery said he felt it would be a good way to display
Karen began detailing Old World Santas after taking Oldham County
Adult Education night classes on this topic. At first she created
them to give as Christmas gifts for family and friends. She has now
perfected them to sell alongside other guild members crafts.
Karen prefers to stick with the Old World Santas because each
one is different. I can decorate it differently.
She begins with a molded plaster of paris face that she paints and
then adds a fabric coat, fur and finishing details to make each Santa
In addition to the display at Cooks, guild members hope to have
several demonstration Saturdays where members can take turns at showing
onlookers how their artwork is crafted, according to the guilds
Saundra Smith. She said that while no definite dates have been set,
guild members would consider this at upcoming meetings. One demonstration
Saturday has been held and demonstrations were given by Smith on ornament
painting, one stroke painting technique by Debbie Hargrove, and oil
painting by David Downs.
Were always looking for skilled craftsmen, said
guild vice president Sharon Silvers. To further promote the artists
of Henry County, Silvers said the Henry County Chamber of Commerce
is working on assembling a brochure on local crafters. Its another
way to promote the guild, she said.
The longer the guild displays items in Cooks, people will
realize were there and start looking for us, said Silvers.
We want to encourage our own members to display in Cooks.
People are realizing there is some great talent here.
Smith attributes the idea for this display to Jennifer Stephens, whose
husband, Drane, is a pharmacist at Cooks. Stephens said that
after attending a Relay for Life fundraiser, where a friend had made
a basket for a silent auction, she realized how many talented people
are in Henry County. Stephens labeled the display at Cooks a
win-win situation for all.
Stephens sister, Kelly Carl, is a talented artist in the Chicago
area. Being in tune to the arts through her sister, Stephens knew
first-hand what a slim market there is for members of the guild to
sell their works. She wanted to start something that would catch
on in other places. Its time for these craftspeople to have
Instead of having to travel out of the county to display their works,
Stephens felt that their artwork belongs here where they live.
The guild will hold their next meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the
Henry County Public Library in Eminence. Meetings are held the third
Thursday of the month.
For more information contact Smith at (502) 845-4734, vice
president Sharon Silvers at (502) 845-4560 or the Netherys at (502)