The North Carolina Folklore Society’s 2017 Brown-Hudson Award was presented to Eddie Hamrick, a 63-year-old woodworker. Hamrick has crafted pieces for several American presidents, four North Carolina governors, the Queen of England, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a pope. He has appeared on several PBS woodworking programs, worked on props and sets for four movies, and made carvings for nineteen churches. His work is displayed in collections at the George HW Bush Presidential Library and the Smithsonian Institution. Hamrick came from a family of furniture makers, and his first carving was a train set he made for himself when he was six. He apprenticed at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and has worked making furniture, boats, and picture frames. Artistically, he has taught at the John Campbell Folk School, displayed at multiple galleries, and served as an artist in residence in Alexander County and the woodwright for Hart Square Village. His donations have raised over $1.5 million for charities. He is now working on setting up the Eddie Hamrick Folk Life Center where he will live and work. He hopes to one day sell his art exclusively through the up-and-coming cooperative Trade Alley Art.