We have lots of exciting vendors and exhibitors scheduled to participate in the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival on April 9 and 10 during festival hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. View the list below and pick up an event site map upon arrival.
* Walter Hill will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing methods using a coal-fired forge. He has practiced traditional ironwork for more than 20 years, specializing in reproduction colonial iron work, ornamental gates and railings, handmade knives and tools.
* Gunmaker Bob Hill will demonstrate his hand engraving methods. He specializes in custom-built muzzle loading rifles and pistols. He will also be displaying handmade powder horns and hunting bags.
Frank Bridwell -- Woody’s Handmade Knives
A former Greenville-based real estate developer, craftsman Frank Bridwell is now a full-time custom knife maker residing in the small fishing town of McClellanville. He gets his love for making knives from his father who worked with him as a child. More information: Woody’sHandmadeknives.com
Riley A. Bradham
Riley Bradham is from Wadmalaw Island and creates dry intaglio etchings. Each of his signed prints is drawn and printed. As such, each is considered an original. Riley’s subject matter is sporting art with an emphasis on waterfowl.
Brookgreen is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve located just south of Murrells Inlet. The 9,100-acre property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed throughout, a Lowcountry zoo, trails and much more. For more information: brookgreen.org
Will and Judy Danford -- Mountain Man Honey and Goods
Mountain Man Honey is a locally-owned business from Myrtle Beach that produces and sells pure, raw honey as well as offering specialty honey from surrounding states. They deliver the honey straight from the hive to the consumer. For more information: email Mountainman@mountainmanhoney.com
Lawrence Eaton -- Eaton’s Antiques
Lawrence Eaton of Calabash, N.C., has been collecting antique art for many years. He specializes in original coast survey charts, maps, maritime art prints and advertising.
Jim Goodwin -- Carolina Ships
Jim Goodwin is a native of Charlotte who handcrafts historic and regional ships and lighthouses in glass bottles. These are made using the traditional “insert through the mouth” method. Each piece has the ship or lighthouse’s history on the bottle’s base and it is signed, dated and numbered.
Bart Key -- Tideline Outfitters
Tideline Outfitters, based in Charleston, specializes in rugged apparel. The inspiration for their style came from the oyster beds of the Lowcountry. All their products are locally made. For more information: tidelineoutfitters.com
Dave Lake -- Dave Lake Antiques
Dave specializes in the sale of antique decoys, fishing lures, rods and reels. He also offers a collection of vintage boating gear and water fowl art. He resides in Pawleys Island.
“Miss Mazie” Brown of Mount Pleasant will bring the time-honored art of sweetgrass basket making to Georgetown, with an extensive collection of handwoven baskets and even flowers. This is an art handed down from generation to generation in the Lowcountry for more than 300 years. It was brought to the area by slaves taken from West Africa. Today, sweetgrass basket making is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the U.S.
Edward McClasserty – Pawleys Low Country Woodworks
Edward McClasserty of Pawleys Island has been building Adirondack furniture for over 2 years. He offers a variety of Adirondack pieces and all his furniture is built with Western Red Cedar.
Kara Merritt – Thirty-One Gifts
Kara Merritt of Georgetown has worked with Thirty-One Gifts since 2008. Her organization is a faith-based business and the name comes from Proverbs 31. Most items in the catalog can be monogrammed.
Kay resides in Pawleys Island and has been collecting antiques for more than 15 years. She and her son will offer an extensive collection of antique decoys, prints, fishing lures and flies. Her vintage hand-carved duck decoys have been appraised by nationally known Guyette Auction Company. Additionally, they offer four large, framed Audubon prints and 20 unframed John J. Audubon prints.
Lynn Mushock -- Wick in Wax
Lynn Mushock is a local from Pawleys Island. Her handmade soy candles are eco-friendly and all natural. They are scented with 100 percent natural essential oils and phthalate-free fragrances. She uses paper and cotton braided eco wicks that are lead and zinc free, creating a clean, environmentally friendly burn. For more information: www.wickinwaxsc.com
Ben Onley -- Black River Trading Company
Ben Onley of Pawleys Island has spent more than a decade in his trade. He specializes in making custom rods. He also works on antique rods and reels.
Joanne Rogers -- The Pillow Lady
Joanne Rogers, better known as “the pillow lady,” hails from Andrews and offers a wide array of camouflage beds and pillows for your special pet.
Marshall C. Sasser -- Birdfield Decoys
Marshall Sasser is a decoy artist from Conway. His carved wooden decoys include water fowl and shore birds, both decorative and working.
Jackie Smith -- Blue Fuse Glassworks
Jackie Smith of Pawleys Island specializes in handmade fused glass art, jewelry and recycled glass.
John and Elaine Tanner
John and Elaine Tanner are local woodworking and basket weaving artisans from the Indian Town community of Williamsburg County. Through his association with Ancient Cypress LLC, John carves box turkey calls with ancient wood. His wife Elaine will bring handmade themed quilted wall hangings, as well as highly prized woven baskets made from wood and pine straw.
John Witzel Walters – Witzel Art
John is a self-taught artist from South Carolina, who uses acrylic on canvas to evoke thought and emotion through dramatic art that takes colorful risks. His art has been influenced by the eccentric life he has led, surviving both a ship sinking while working as a scuba diver in the Caribbean and the Georgetown Front Street Fire of 2013, where is lost his home, art business and beloved dog in the flames.
Lee and Patricia Walters – Metal Works
Lee and Patricia started their family owned business in 2012. They custom make oyster tables, ornamental handrails, gates and other items from steel, aluminum and other metals using a powder coating process.
Colin and Dowanna Whitfield -- South Meets the South
Colin and Dowanna Whitfield of Myrtle Beach use only 100-year old heart pine for many of their items. Colin has been a wood craftsman for over 30 years. They enjoy making toys children can play with, bird houses and art.
Most people know Thomas Williams of McClellanville as “the cane man.” His wood making started as a hobby over 30 years ago when he worked with the forestry service. Now his wooden canes are famous. He mainly works with mahogany, red oak and ponderosa pine. For this show, he has crafted a marlin -- over 6 feet long and made from popular.
Drew Winn -- Winn Tuck Waterfowl
Drew Winn of Columbia has been working with Winn Tuck Waterfowl for eight years. They offer cutting-edge waterfowl hunting products, along with everyday casual wear. Some of their products include double reed duck calls, lanyards, men and women’s apparel, braided jewelry and much more. For more information: www.winntuck.com