December 9, 1964 – February 17, 2022
My work is an expression of my God-given talent.
Fred Wilnoty was an exceptional carver and a member of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Cooperative. He was the son of John and Elnora Wilnoty and came from a long generational line of talented artisans. His father was a carver and his mother made Cherokee baskets.
Fred discovered his God-given talent of carving stone, wood and sometimes bone decades ago. He loved to pick-up a piece of stone and begin to cut away to see what was waiting inside. Fred followed in his father and grandfather’s tradition of making authentic Cherokee carvings. He learned his art from watching his father John who always encouraged him to develop his talent. His grandfather Julius Wilnoty made ceremonial pipes, as well as bows and arrows. In addition to his grandfather and father, Fred’s two sons inherited the talent of carving for the next generation.
He will be missed at the Co-op.