Holston Mountain Artisans

Our non-profit, member-owned cooperative preserves and promotes the traditional and contemporary arts and crafts of our region

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214 Park St SE
Abingdon, VA 24210

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Friday Featured Member​: Jeff Neil

Jeff Neil is a woodworker specializing in fine wood boxes made in his
Gray, TN. He is largely self-taught, bringing over 35 years of
woodworking experience to his craft.  Fabricating jewelry and heirloom
boxes allows him to focus in selecting just the right combination of
domestic and exotic hardwoods for his boxes to complement each
design.  Regardless of the complexity of the box design, he spends a
significant amount of time locating the perfect wood combinations to
bring a “wow” factor to each of his boxes.

His background as research engineer prior to retirement gives him an
attention to detail and precision in his work. Prior working experience
with computer design software have led him to make full computer 3-D
models of each box prior to cutting the first piece of wood.

His heirloom boxes using themes taken from traditional American
quilting blocks, applying the quilt design to the lid using tiles or veneers
of various woods and carrying the same quilt block theme into the
shape of the box itself. While the outside of the heirloom box is
devoted to the quilt block theme, the inside is fabric-lined and
partitioned into an exquisite jewelry box.   

Jeff Neil is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and Holston
Mountain Artisans in Abingdon, VA. His boxes have been selected for
inclusion in the three most recent Best of Tennessee Craft Shows as
well as the three most recent shows of Master Woodworkers held in

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