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Newcomer Robert Worth brings wooden wares to annual craft show

By Autumn D. F. Hopkins
Courtesy photo
Robert Worth of Beckley is one of the new vendors at this year's Capital City Art and Craft Show this weekend at the Civic Center. A dulcimer player himself, the woodworker also crafts the instrument.
Courtesy photo Worth used the natural knothole in the walnut for the pendulum of this clock.

WANT TO GO?

Capital City Art and Craft Show

WHEN: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Charleston Civic Center

COST: Adults $6, children (under 12) $1

INFO: Call 304-345-1500 or visit www.kclionsclub.org

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Capital City Art and Craft Show sponsored by the Lions Club is celebrating its 46th year at the Charleston Civic Center this weekend. There will be lots of familiar vendors, but sprinkled among the veterans are some newcomers.

Robert Worth runs Worth Woodworking from his small shop in Beckley, where he crafts everything from kitchen utensils and cutting boards to clocks and dulcimers. He also crafts large pieces of furniture and custom-made doors from repurposed lumber salvaged from old home sites.

Worth has been creating handmade wooden pieces both large and small for more than 35 years. He said it's something he's always been interested in. Combined with his love of playing the dulcimer, crafting in wood gives him the perfect creative outlet.

Although this will be his first year at the craft show, he is no stranger to displaying his wares. Featured on the cover of this month's Beckley Life magazine, he has been a juried participant in the Jackson's Mill Jubilee and at the Pocahontas Country Artisan's Cooperative in Marlinton, as well as other craft shows throughout the state.

"I heard about the [Capital City] Art and Craft Show while I was at Jackson's Mill this year," said Worth. "I like to expand into new areas."

Worth has been making a name for himself both as an artisan and a small businessman. In addition to being featured on the Beckley Life cover, he also recently won an essay contest about running a small business. His essay will be featured in the winter edition of West Virginia Living magazine.

Worth and his fellow exhibitors pay a fee to rent a booth at the show, and they keep the proceeds of their sales. The proceeds of the Capital City Art and Craft Show go to benefit state and local charities as well as provide more than $100,000 in eyeglasses for local residents through the Lions Club.

In addition to arts, crafts and concessions, there are door prizes provided by participating artisans, which are drawn throughout the show.

Anyone attending is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be distributed to local food pantries. The first 250 attendees through the door each day will receive a discount coupon for their first purchase. Reach Autumn D.F. Hopkins at 304-348-1249 or autumn.hopkins@wvgazette.com.


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