This article was forwarded by Jeff Brockett from Tennessee Association of Woodturners.
Arrowmont Damaged By Fires
TAW members have been inquiring about the fires in Gatlinburg, TN and the damage to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  Below is a press release that provides current information concerning the damage.  Arrowmont holds a special place in the hearts of all woodturners as it offers woodturners the opportunity to take classes with some of the best woodturners in the world.  The TAW has been a long time supporter of Arrowmont, donating funds to build the current woodturning shop (brick plaque in front of building) and various donations to fund equipment purchases.  
For more information, contact:
Fran Day 301-395-0318
Arrowmont's historic campus survives Gatlinburg wildfires
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts' iconic campus was not lost in the fire. Gatlinburg is currently inaccessible to all but emergency personnel. Arrowmont executive director Bill May is on campus and has been able to provide updates.
The fire destroyed three Arrowmont buildings - Hughes Hall Dormitory, Wild Wing Dormitory and the maintenance shed containing tools and equipment. All remaining structures on campus are secure. Information regarding additional smoke and heat damage is not available at this time. Power and phone service is limited.
"All Arrowmont personnel are safe," says Bill May, "We have received many emails, phone calls, texts and social media posts expressing support and concern for Arrowmont and for the people in our community who have suffered loss. We are very grateful for our local and national community and the outpouring of support. Hope is not lost. We will rebuild." Bill May is appointing a recovery team to assess damage and plan for the rebuilding of lost structures. We will inform the community when more information is available.
Arrowmont has received numerous requests regarding donations to support the recovery. To make a secure donation online, go to and click the "donate" button. Send checks to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, P.O. Box 567, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 37738.
To request an interview with Bill May contact development director Fran Day at or 301-395-0318.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences in a variety of media, classes, conferences and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon traditional arts and crafts.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  Dining Hall                                      Red Barn dormitory
 Stuart Hall                                Main building on left, woodturning shop on right

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