Join us on the first Saturday of every month for our Artisan Market, an open-air, covered arts fair featuring local artists showcasing, demonstrating and selling their work.
Come meet the artists, shop for handmade goods, and visit The River House gallery and Cafe while you're here!
FREE (donations appreciated)
Meet our Artisan of the Month: Pete Hobbie
Pete Hobbie is a lifelong woodworker and maker of treenware, musical instruments, and custom furniture. With more than three decades of experience, Pete’s work ranges from traditional hand-carved utensils (treenware) to the hand-built mountain home he and his family live in. Pete builds custom acoustic instruments, specializing in guitars and banjos, as well as free-form, hand-carved custom furniture. All materials are locally sourced, and sustainably harvested or upcycled from previous projects and other sources.
"I can remember, as a small boy, putting together 2 boards and having an airplane. Sticks quickly became boats, bows, and swords. My friends and I always built everything from tree houses to fishing poles. As I grew up, I really built, or at least had a part in, all of those things. I've made boats, bowls, bows, and houses. Anything that I thought of: guitars and banjos, barns and bridges. While it's more than a little disconcerting, I've always felt lucky to be alive in a time where, at least in the culture I am part of, a person can still build a good life by building things with his or her hands.
Building a life has been, for me, more than the making of things. My family builds our own food, our medicine, and our entertainment. None of us have really been watchers. You will see me sharing some of my passions while being led, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Maybe I can inspire you to build something."