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|Artist Demonstrations Add to Knox County Scenic Drive Fun
|The cold, damp, and sometimes rainy weather wasn't ideal, but several stops along the Knox County Scenic Drive were still bustling with people shopping for something unique.
Knoxville's downtown area, the Knox County Fairgrounds and Walnut Grove Farm are just three of the many stops that welcomed people Saturday on the first day of the drive, which continues Sunday. People can find food, crafts, antiques, flea markets, pumpkins, produce and other items - as well as traditional craft demonstrations by artists.
One of the artists offering his wares at Walnut Grove Farm is Bill DeSelms of Roseville. His specialty is hand-made bird sculptures that are placed under glass domes. DeSelms tells WGIL he's been making the sculptures since he was a young boy.
"My grandpa and dad were hunters and they would bring home birds, pheasants, quails and ducks, and I just thought they were the most beautiful things I'd ever seen," DeSelms said. "I decided I wanted to make some for myself that I could look at all the time, so I just started making birds at the tender age of 7."
DeSelms' bird creations begin with a small ball of clay that he shapes with his hands. He carves in all of the feather details, bakes it in an oven, paints it, then displays the finished bird in a crystal glass dome to protect the sculpture. DeSelms also sells his work through his business, called Pheasantry Studio.
Other stops along the self-guided tour in Knox County include Galesburg's Scarecrow Festival - which is this weekend only - Orange Chapel, Woodland View Farm, Maquon and the Wolf Covered Bridge.
The scenic drive resumes next weekend.
Photos from Knox County Scenic Drive - 10/3/9
Knox County Fairgrounds Merchants Building:
Walnut Grove Farm:
Bill DeSelms of Roseville demonstrates how he makes his hand-made bird sculptures
A sculpture made by DeSelms
A sculpture made by DeSelms
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
|10 03 09 by Newsroom
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