When I first spoke to Kentucky Crafted artist Eugene King on the phone, I liked him right away. If art is his livelihood, you’d never know it because he talks about his work with such an easygoing manner, as if he didn’t have to create art for a living. Seeing his work, you know woodwork is something he enjoys, because each piece is a demonstration of care and attention to detail.
Eugene’s pieces were among the most popular at the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted @ the Breeders’ Cup Festival in late October. I’m no retail expert, but I believe his work sold so well because it was well-made, practical and affordable.
The most sought after of his pieces at our Breeders’ Cup Festival event was his horse head cutting board. In addition to being a great artisanal cutting board to put out at a party for cheeses, it can also be used exclusively for decoration. It’s a great gift for the horse lover in your life or for friends visiting from out of state who want to take a symbolic piece of Kentucky home with them.