Craft Awards Presented at Fiddlers Jamboree

July 8, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brenda Bieberdorf (right) Best of Show Craft Winner
David Sharp: Best Appalachian Craft
Ashley Houston: Best Newcomer
Ron and Dorlea Grimsley: Best Display

The annual Fiddler's Jamboree Craft Awards were presented Friday.

Brenda Bieberdorf of Brenda's Fused Glass in Dallas, Georgia received the "Best of Show" award for her display of fused art glass and flattened bottle clocks.

Meanwhile, David Sharp of David Sharp Woodcarving Studio in Smithville was presented the "Best Appalachian Craft" award for his woodworking and hand carving works.

The "Best Newcomer" Award went to Ashley Houston of Sacred Wilderness Batiks in Hayesville, North Carolina. She featured hand waxed dyed batiks and other clothing, bags and children's clothing.

Ron and Dorlea Grimsley of White Mountain Banjo in Phoenix, Arizona received the "Best Display" award for their handmade banjos.

The awards were presented by Emma Adkins, the Fiddler's Jamboree Director of Crafts. "In spite of the rainy and surprisingly cool weather, the overall mood of the crafters was good," said Adkins. "Many said they actually did better on Friday of this year than they did all weekend last year . It was 110 degrees last year. We had a lot of no-shows this year on account of the rain. The event was actually full except for eight spaces as of Thursday morning, July 4th. All of those empty spots were cancellations," she said.

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