Bud Smith carves wood into bears, birds, and other lively figures. He teaches workshops in wood carving, demonstrates carving, and also exhibits his work. “I consider wood carving a fine art, not a craft,” Smith says.
Growing up in the Big Y community of the Qualla Boundary, Bud Smith graduated from Cherokee High School, where he learned to carve from Amanda Crowe. Although he lived in the western United States for some years, Smith has returned home. He now teaches wood carving at Cherokee High School. “To carry on for Amanda Crowe is my mission,” he says.
Smith’s carvings, in a variety of woods, have been widely exhibited and have received recognition nationally. He has exhibited at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Dallas Art Market, the Albuquerque Cultural Center, the Giduwah Festival in Asheville, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. He has taught carving at the Cherokee Heritage Weekend of the Swannanoa Gathering and in other settings.
Bud Smith is willing to travel and can teach hands-on workshops, demonstrate carving, and exhibit his work. He needs tables. His fees are negotiable and should include travel expenses. The best time to contact him is after 4p.m. at his home phone number. He can take occasional calls at work during the time he is not teaching.