Artist John Patton

By:Amy Holtcamp

Date:9/9/2014

Woodworker John Patton didn’t start out thinking he’d become an artist. Patton, who has been married to his wife for almost 46 years, has four children and 14 grandchildren, moved to South Carolina for a job. It wasn’t until recently that he decided to try his hand at woodworking, but since then he’s become an accomplished artisan.

Q: Are you from South Carolina originally? If so, can you tell me a little bit about where you grew up? If not, what brought you here originally?
A:
I'm originally from Burlington N.C. I moved to In​man in 1984 to work for Nestle Frozen foods.

Q: How did you become interested in woodworking?
A:
I got started in woodworking six or seven years ago. I was watching a program on the DIY network, where a man made a toy box that looked like a turtle. I thought, “I could do that,” so I made one. I then made one for one of my granddaughters that looked like a dog.

Q: When you look at a piece of wood, how do you figure out what you will make from it?
A:
When I look at a piece of wood, I usually already have something in mind. Someone once said that every tree has a song, you have to find the right notes for the music to be beautiful.

Q: What do you do when you aren't woodworking?
A:
When I'm not in my shop, I like to play a little golf. I also have a part-time job which helps pay for my woodworking habit.

Q: Where can people see your work?
A:
I display my work at the main library in Spartan​burg, and at the Foo​thills Artisan Center in​ Chesnee.

Swing by the Foothills Artisan Center to see John’s work for yourself!

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