Bill Neville has been cutting, carving, smoothing and displaying wood for more than 35 years. Now, he’s ready to try something new.
The work of the local wood craftsman is on display at the Ackland Museum Store, but the show is one of Neville’s lasts, as he prepares to embark on a completely new journey in life.
The exhibition, called “Leaving the Table,” has a literal meaning for Neville, who is going on a quasi-retirement to travel in Europe with his wife.
“More than just being a show of beautiful crafts, there’s a person and a whole motivation behind this,” said Alice Southwick, manager at the Ackland Museum Store.
“He’s at a point in his life where he has been doing it a long time, and he’s seeking his next moment of inspiration.”
Neville said the show is a sort of goodbye to his years of woodcrafting in the Chapel Hill area. He works in a cooperative shop with 11 other artists.
“This show is kind of me getting ready to leave and trying to use stuff that’s left over that’s beautiful, that I think you can make stuff out of,” Neville said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The show has two series of photographs acknowledging Neville’s journey through wood.
“Work takes practice. Becoming fascicled, becoming really good at something, takes a lot of it,” he said.