NC Folklore Society Award Reception Honoring Eddie Hamrick

Eddie Hamrick, the master craftsman in wood, will be honored with the North Carolina Folklore Society’s 2017 Brown-Hudson Folklore Award at an Nov. 18 celebration in Hiddenite. The free, public ceremony is set for 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center. The Center, who nominated Hamrick for the award, is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636, (828) 632-6966.



Along with the awards presentation from the Society, the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center Board of Directors will also honor the artist. Before and after the official awards ceremony at 2:30, there will be a sampling of Eddie’s work on display against the backdrop of the annual exhibit by the Brushy Mountain Quilter’s Guild of Alexander County, with the Junior Appalachian Musicians offering traditional music.


The North Carolina Folklore Society established the Brown-Hudson award in 1970 to honor those who have contributed in a special way to the appreciation of North

Carolina folklife. Previous winners have included musicians Doc and Merle Watson, playwright Paul Green, string band musicians Joe and Odell Thompson, and potter

Neil Cole Graves. This presentation will mark the second of the Society’s 2017 Brown-Hudson awards; the first was awarded to “father of newgrass music” Leroy Savage in Durham at a joyful music celebration in October.



Born in Newton and living in Hickory, Catawba County native Eddie Hamrick inherited an long tradition of utilitarian craft as the son of a furniture maker and grandson of a cabinet maker. He also received the influence of several other great craftsmen, including Stanley Hicks and Willard Watson, themselves both past recipients of the Brown-Hudson Award. While upholding this historic legacy, Hamrick’s carving and sculpture has branched out into almost every imaginable subject matter in wood.


Hamrick is also passionate about passing on North Carolina’s folk traditions, both through his gifts to seven presidents and four North Carolina governors, and through his work with young people. In the classroom, he brings wood and tools for children to experience firsthand, even teaching students to use a cross-cut saw in teams to cut their own stepping stones!


Don’t miss this special observance honoring this very special North Carolina artist.


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