woodworking with Steve Noggle
I have been working with trees and with wood since well before completing a Forestry degree at LSU in 1976. After a few years as a timber cruiser in the Pacific Northwest, I returned home to North Carolina and began a 25 year career as an engineer in the furniture industry. I have been woodworking and building fine furniture for myself and friends and family since college – first out of necessity and later as a creative pastime.
With my discovery of woodturning, however, a pastime of woodworking turned into a passion. “Turning” quickly captivated more and more of my creative energy and interest, and soon I left the furniture industry to work fulltime as a craftsman.
studio pics courtesy of go artist go
My workshop is a depression-era clapboard building, a “store” that had been used by my family to sell their farm produce during the 1930’s and 40’s. My wood comes from many sources, including the acres of hardwood forest left from the original family farm in Burke Country, NC. This mature forest has oaks, cherries, sycamores, poplars, hickories, and maples. Yet I use many woods from exotic sources as well, sometimes in lamination with local hardwoods.
current & past exhibitions
I have been a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2004. My work can be currently seen at several galleries in North Carolina – including my co-op gallery, Ariel Gallery, in Asheville, Twigs and Leaves in Waynesville, New Morning Gallery in Asheville, Red Wolf gallery in Brevard, the Southern Highland Craft Guild galleries in Blowing Rock and Asheville, and River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Art and craft shows have included: Winter Park Art Festival in Winter Park (FL), New Orleans Jazz Festival, Northern Virginia Fine Arts festival in Reston, VA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Cherry Creek Art Fair in Denver, Colorado, Saint Louis Art Fair in St. Louis, MO and the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, MO.
To see a full list of upcoming shows and festivals please visit my news | updates section.
Charlotte Observer, April 20, 2008. “Craftsman turns raw wood into art”.
Our State Magazine ( NC), October 2007. “The Right Turn”