Most of us make a studio out of a space that was supposed to be something else. A garage, spare bedroom, storage room, even an old warehouse or manufacturing space. Nothing wrong with that and sometimes you can do pretty darn good with those “conversions”. That’s the way life was for Craig Nutt before he and his wife found these 9 acres in the woods near Kingston Springs. The quiet, unencumbered, raw forest let Craig start from scratch. He designed his huge, multi-room studio, bought a kit of trusses, hired a crane for a couple of hours to get those in place and finished the shell by holding an old fashioned barn-raisin’ with friends and fellow artists. There’s an office, staging room, drawing/planning room, heavy equipment (planer, joiner, rip saw, band saw, belt sander, lathe, etc.) room, and the place he spends the bulk of his time - the bench room. This is where he puts it all together, those whimsical pieces that make you wonder if Mr. Nutt is a strict vegetarian - the giant flying ear of corn that hangs with its wing-like shucks from the ceiling of an airport; a dining set with a rhubarb table and accompanying butterbean chairs (a new kind of succotash); or a padded bench with hot red pepper legs. This is also where he begins the bulk of his creations by constructing a tiny model of the design. Time seems to stand still when Craig gets into the zone in this dream studio, surrounded by new and old machines (his Oliver joiner dates back to 1945 and the Oliver lathe has been turning wood for 100 years. It weighs 4,000 pounds) that are an extension of the artist himself.
From the artist: “Going into the studio is sorta like walking on hallowed ground. It is a sacred space to artists.”