Tryon Toy Makers and Wood Carvers
1915 - 1940
by Michael J. McCue
In 1915 Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale, the co-founders of Biltmore
Estate Industries, moved to Tryon and founded a new craft industry
that flourished for the next quarter century. In the mountain village
they trained young people to make some of the finest hand-carved
wood objects and hand-painted toys ever produced in the United
States. The operation became nationally recognized; it was one of the
original members of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. The
sophisticated designs and remarkable execution of the Tryon toy
makers and wood carvers are not typical of Southern "indigenous"
highland craft. This introduces collectors and cultural historians to
the uniquely cosmopolitan design influences of this distinctive oeuvre.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition at Tryon Fine Arts Center in 2004, this monograph was updated with captions in 2012 citing the location of important primary-source materials now in The Pauline Miller Cowan Collection at University of North Carolina's Ramsey Library in Asheville. A new 2017 third edition includes font styling for emphasis.
full color, 32 pages - $16