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Meet The Artists: William Brock

William Brock is a self-taught artist born and raised in Sequatichie County, Tennessee. For over twenty years he supervised high-rise and commercial construction across the Southeast, but in the late 90s, he moved back to Tennessee and settled into his vision of semi-retirement. Now, nearly twenty years later, Brock has become a self-taught artist and blacksmith, creating life-sized birds about of welded rebar and recycled tin and copper roofing.

Each of William Brock’s birds, made from old roofing tin or recycled copper flashing, has a personality of its own. If kept outside, unrusted tin birds will season to a rich rusted finish and copper birds to a blue-green patina. Brock’s birds can be found in private collections from Washington DC to Washington State. To find out more about Brock, visit his website at www.rustedbirdstudio.com.

Visit the 15th Annual Fearrington Folk Art Show to see some of Brock’s bird sculptures in The Fearrington Barn. Tickets to the Collector’s Preview, Friday, February 24th, are available to purchase online, tickets for the show are $5 at the door.

Engagement Sessions

More and more photographers and wedding planners are encouraging their couples to consider an engagement session before their wedding. There is more than one benefit to a sweet engagement session with your wedding photographer. Fearrington Wedding Director, Gilda, shares her thoughts on why engagement sessions are important. "Engagement shoots are a great way to get to know the property where you are getting married and to get acquainted with your photographer," said Gilda. "They let your... Full Post >

Gourmet & Grapes

Gourmet & Grapes is an annual fundraising event hosted at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center. In the last eight years, this weekend-long culinary event has raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research. Executive Chef Colin Bedford and Pastry Sous Chef Paola attended for The Fearrington House Restaurant and served Smoked Pork with Parsnip, Confit Garlic & Ginger at The Wine Odyssey... Full Post >

The Fearrington Archives

I’m the youngest of RB and Jenny’s three kids, recently moved back to North Carolina with my own family after a decade in Maine. Upon my return, Dad loaned me a slide scanner and pointed me to a disconcertingly dusty mountain of boxes - everyone needs a project, right? Mine has become archival. The slides are all jumbled together, an assembly of jarring set location jumps and strange time wormholes. Fitch family, Fitch Lumber and Fitch Creations; Dad’s Air Force slides diligently... Full Post >

Exploring Chardonnay

Since this week's featured wine is a California Chardonnay, lets talk about it a little more in depth. Chardonnay is an ancient varietal, and no doubt one of the most popular varietals in the world. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were the focus of Benedictine monks in the 12th century. As a result, we have the world of wine as we know it. However, I firmly believe that Chardonnay as a whole is grossly misunderstood, at least in the United States. There are so many ways to make this wine, and,... Full Post >

Early Spring Planting

February in the Piedmont usually heralds the first stirrings of what truly feels like spring. While it's hard to resist the urge to get out there on the first warm, sunny day, putting your garden energy to work in a thoughtful manner now pays big dividends later! If you are starting a vegetable garden - or simply like to incorporate edibles into your ornamental beds, as we do here in the gardens surrounding The Granary - February is the ideal time to sow cold weather crops like arugula,... Full Post >