Forest Splinters & Threads, Des & Linda Black


By Appointment

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Bedford Artisan Trail (site #29)

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work

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We are Australians who have been in Lynchburg for nearly 20 years. Linda is an accomplished quilter and enjoys quilting and fiber arts. She makes small quilts as wall hangings and they look like a painting.

Des has worked with wood since his teens and enjoys the creativity and one of a kind challenges. I feel wood talks to you and it lets you know what it wants to become. I have a peice of walnut with a dark solid knot that I just could not throw away or use for something, until one day I resawed it and bookmarked the 2 pieces. Immediately I saw an EMU and enhanced the image by releif carving to emphasis the image. I enjoy creating wooden boxes and turned bowls of many types and using different techniques. My largest project was to build a 16 foot Adarondak Guide boat based on an 1830’s design and hand made it following the traditional practices of the time. It is a piece of art and a joy to use on the local lakes and the James River.


Des & Linda Black



302 Court Street
Bedford, VA 24523

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