About the Artists
Born May 10, 1954 in Newton, North Carolina, Eddie Hamrick has been an avid artist since the age of six. After a tumultuous childhood plagued by hardship and poverty, Eddie graduated from Newton-Conover High School and began working at Ridgeview Hosiery Mill, and later Dixie Boat Works. He loved working with his hands and couldn’t find a financially viable way to pursue his passion-his art, but with the encouragement of his peers and community, Hamrick applied and received the first Emerging Artist Grant through the Durham Arts Council. Not only did the grant fund his artwork, but is also bolstered his recognition as a craftsman. Eddie began entering state and national shows, winning the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art show and the annual art competition at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Hamrick then confidently entered the National Crafts show at Renwick Gallery of the American Art through the Smithsonian Institute. With a broken down pick-up truck and money fundraised by his community, Eddie traveled to Washington D.C. to receive an award that would drastically alter the course of his career. Hamrick began receiving invitation to lecture at colleges and universities, appear on public television, and teach courses all over the country. Eddie then delved into sever fields applying his talents more broadly. His expertise was requested on the sets of Hollywood films where he worked with stars like Diane Keaton and Reese Witherspoon. The country music community also recognized the high caliber of his craftsmanship. Hamrick handcrafted instruments for country and bluegrass greats such as Willie Nelson, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Doc Watson, to name a few.
He has been asked to create commemorative and honor awards for inaugural gifts of six American presidents and several North Carolina Governors. He was made the official craftsman of North Carolina, serving as an ambassador for the state to preserve the woodworking heritage of the area. His contributions to the creative community led both Governor Martin and Governor Hunt to honor him twice with the Governor’s Business Award in the Arts and Humanities. Hamrick continues to donate his time, talents, and resources to charitable causes. His sculpture for the Western Piedmont Symphony alone raised over 125,000 dollars; and in his lifetime, Eddies donations of artwork have raised over one million dollars for charitable causes.
I was born in Hickory, NC in 1990. My love for woodworking developed from an immersion that there was no way to avoid. My grandfathers and father were avid woodworkers and had made careers of it. This led me to become well acquainted to the art at a very young age. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t involved in the craft. As I grew so did my love for all things wood and my talent for working with it. I was very lucky to be surrounded by some of Americas most well known artisans and I have had the opportunity to apprentice under masters of my craft.
By utilizing my passion for woodworking along with the support of my family I was able to obtain a degree in Business Management from UNC Charlotte. I now work full time as a Production Supervisor in fiber optic cable for Commscope, but still find time to stay connected with my passion by making anything and everything every chance I get. I have had the opportunity to make things for all kinds of folks from our President Barak Obama and Governor Pat McCrory, to family and friends right here at home. I have work in local government buildings, churches and homes across America. There is no job to big or too small. I just hope to spend the rest of my life making beautiful things that people won’t throw away.