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The Master Woodworkers Show is held at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street (corner of Gay Street/Jackson Avenue) in downtown Knoxville. Click here for detailed driving and parking directions.

Although not mandatory, makers are strongly encouraged to attend. Portfolios are encouraged, and a pedestal and space for presentation will be provided upon request.

2017 Master Woodworkers Show Jurors

Paul Sasso
Alf Sharp
Jerry Spady

Paul Sasso was born in Canada, the son of a mason and a semi-professional bowler. He attended art school at the University of Windsor followed by a two-year stint of living off the grid in northern Ontario. In 1978, he moved to the United States to attend Graduate school at the University of Tennessee. He graduated in 1981 with an MFA in sculpture and began teaching woodworking and design at Murray State University in Kentucky. His work has been acquired by many important collectors and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL.
Paul and his wife Sandy, a painter, live and work at Sassoville, a compound of their own design and construction. They share a love for late Gothic and Early Renaissance art, Italian food, travel, intelligence and the hand made. paulsassoart.com

After a half-hearted attempt at a law degree, Alf Sharp discovered his true vocation in fine furniture making. Thirty-five years later he’s still at it with as much enthusiasm as at the beginning. Almost all work is done on a custom commission basis, in close collaboration with clients and their designers.
Specializing in 18th and 19th Century American and European design, Sharp also enjoys Biedermeier, Art Deco, Chinese, and contemporary design. His own original work has, most often, at least a toe-hold in tradition. Sharp has pieces in historical homes and museums throughout the US, as well as in fine private homes nationally. He is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is past President of the Furniture Society. When not absorbed in the woodshop or playing with his grandchildren, he enjoys restoring and driving classic British sportscars. alfredsharp.com or snazzywoodties.com.

Jerry Spady is approaching 30 years as a juried member of the Guild, and has served the organization in a number of capacities, including president. Over the years, he has curated several woodworking shows for members of the Guild to present their work to the public. These shows were held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, the Foothills Guild Fall Show in Knoxville, and the Oak Ridge Art Center.  He has also participated in art and woodworking shows around the region. Jerry is the 3rd person to receive the Al Hudson Master Class award presented by the Guild. He is also a member of the national Furniture Society organization.