TV show “Handcrafted America” features local chair maker in first episode

Jill Wagner appears in Woody's Chair Shop in a still from "Handcrafted America." Photo courtesy of INSP

Craft-focused show “Handcrafted America” launches Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m. on INSP (go here to find your local channel). The program, hosted by native North Carolinian Jill Wagner (“Wipe Out”) introduces craftspeople from across the country. In each episode, Wagner visits two or three artists in their studios and learns a bit about the making process.

The first episode, which airs on March 1, features seventh generation chair maker Scott Woody, whose family business is based in Spruce Pine.

“The Maker Movement is on fire!” says series VP Craig Miller, in a press release. “Etsy, Pinterest, DIY, Kickstarter and Maker Faire boast millions of people and billions of dollars. Americans still work with their hands and they seek out unique, one-of-a-kind creations for themselves and for others. Artisans from coast to coast still create handcrafted treasures. This is the focal point of the series. From glass blowing to ornate clock making to blacksmithing, Handcrafted America entertains and informs – not in a dry, academic way, but with adventure, spirited discovery, fun and authenticity.”

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  1. Diane Pagel

    I saw a commercial of chairs that we’re made by one of your crafters and I didn’t catch the name of person or what state he lived in but the one-hour looked like the one my father had of his mother’s any way my sister got it when our father died and daughters gave it a way the said it was junk but it wasn’t this was a very old wood chair I loved that chair it was a simple chair but I would like to know if they could create me one and the cost

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