44th Craft Harvest will run this weekend
The 44th annual Craft Harvest Craft Show, fondly known as "The Big One," will be Friday through Sunday at the Great Plains Coliseum.
There will be over 200 booths at the show and a large food court for people to choose from as they shop.
Of those 200 booths, two will be occupied by Wayne and Peggy Dunn of Lawton. The couple makes items out of wood and sells them.
"We have been going to craft shows all over Oklahoma for about 20 years," Wayne Dunn said. "I think my interest in working with wood started when I was young, and my grandpa took me out to his garage, which was his workshop too. We built a shoeshine box for my dad, and grandpa showed me how to use the tools. If I was honest, he built it; I just watched."
"I love to make things out of wood," he said. "My wife and I are a team. I couldn't do this without her. She's the painter and she encourages me every step of the way."
The couple makes small home decor, cabinets, coat racks, shelves, small tables, benches, bar stools, sofa tables, little step stools for kids, lamps, frames, saddle stands, crosses, and candleholders, just to name a few items.
"We use mainly pine and sometimes cedar and we work year round," Wayne Dunn said. "We go to The Affair of the Heart shows both in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa; we do a show in Scott City, Kansas; an Amish show in Clarita; and shows in Ardmore and Durant."
"We start on the road in February and go to shows until November," Peggy Dunn said. "We also do the Arts for All Festival here in Lawton and we have enjoyed doing that for at least 10 years."