Osmans demonstrate art at Cedar Hill Studio

Mar 19, 2014

Neal and Elesa Osman, a woodturner and an artist, respectively, will be demonstrating their crafts from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 25 at Cedar Hill Studio in downtown Waynesville.

The Osmans said their love for wood turning and other mediums all began with a motorcycle ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

"We saw a sign 'Folk Art Center' and stopped. It happened to be 'Wood Day' with a woodturning demonstration," Elesa said. "Neal picked one turner and I watched the other. It was hypnotic watching ribbons of wood streaming from wood circles expanding and contracting."

After they left, they changed their house building plans to include an area for Neal to turn and Elesa to decorate wood. Their motorcycles were sold to allow storage for wood.

"One day we counted  65 bowls in the living room plus other bowls in the kitchen, bedrooms and bath rooms," Elesa said. "We needed to sell and whittle down our stock. It's possible most artists are forced into selling their product for this reason."

The Osmans joined the Carolina Mountain Woodturners to learn techniques from master woodturners all over the world. While attending a meeting, they watched Binh Pho demonstrate piercing and Andi Wolfe demonstrate textured wood burning.  Elesa adopted these techniques on Neal's work to satisfy retail demands.

Elesa said apple wood is the public's most popular wood. They usually finish their work with Watco oil, a type of tung oil. Fall colors seem to be popular year round. Both oil or acrylics are used on their work. She said oils blend beautifully but need time to dry and acrylic paints are used if time is at a premium.

"I feel the passion for art begins at birth beyond one's control," Elesa said. "It is an obsession that through repetition develops into a talent later recognized by others."



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