Creekside Log Furniture Store

We LOVE to visit Creekside Furniture, and do so almost every time we are in Gatlinburg.  You’ll find them east on Hwy.321 in Gatlinburg at traffic light 3A.  Brandy and Tim own the store, make beautiful custom log furniture, and are really nice people to boot! We discovered this place quite by accident.

Black Walnut Larry

Although they have a few pieces on display there is no fancy showroom or big gawdy sign, but they make great furniture or they can outfit your cabin with log woodwork, cabinets, railings, or anything else you can think of.  Custom furniture designs are their specialty it seems.  Here’s a video with their showroom and some furniture items.

We have gotten a black walnut carved wood spirit from them (named him Larry), walking sticks, and are soon to install a custom made black walnut fireplace mantle.Brandy and Tim also create beautiful stone showers and bathrooms.  Just the kind of cool stuff you only find in this part of Tennessee.Creekside Furniture is right next to a shop that does chainsaw carvings, I don’t know the name of it but you may want to stop there too.

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Paul Murray Gallery on Glades Road

Lil Miss

For many years on Glades Road I had driven by an old barn with Paul Murray’s signature piece, Lil Miss, on the side. The black and white portrait of a small girl is beautiful and haunting at the same time.

I never saw the gallery however, so I thought perhaps it was on a side road. Then one day I was traveling the Artist’s loop with a girlfriend and told her I wanted to find his gallery. And we did. And I now know why I never noticed it. I had no idea the old dilapidated looking farmhouse was in fact an art gallery!

We pulled into the gravel parking area and got out of the car. As we walked past the split rail fence I noticed a steel washtub hanging on the side of the house. We passed an old out building and what looked like a garden, although it was March so there was nothing growing just yet.

As we approached the steps to the porch leading into the gallery I noticed the railing for the steps was secured with string to a vertical post stuck in a concrete block. The steps were very worn and in need of a paint job. A picture of Lil Miss  was on the porch, along with a lot of old chairs and other odds and ends. The rickety screen door had a sign that invited us in, so we opened it and entered the main area of the gallery, a former living room with a fireplace.

As you look around at the gorgeous drawings and paintings in this farmhouse it is hard to believe this is a gallery with some of the most beautiful portraits of the people of the Appalachian Mountains you will see. EVER. And therein lies the charm, we were mesmerized.

The walls had old newspapers as wall coverings. The back room contained a picture of a mountain man with a shotgun across his lap and a look that could kill. Never mind the shotgun! I believe that painting is sold now, but it sure made an impact on us when we walked into that back room. Paul Murray’s portraits capture the essence of these mountain people like no others I’ve ever seen.

If you travel to Glades Road the gallery is a must in my opinion. If you can’t get to the gallery at least take a look at the Paul Murray website, watch the video, and browse through his gallery. His work is unbelievable and well worth the trip. I get there as often as possible, and every time I’m amazed at what Paul Murray captures with just a pencil and paper.

Additional Links:

Paul Murray Gallery Website
What Trip Advisor has to say about Paul Murray Gallery
GeoTourism MapGuide
Paul Murray Gallery Facebook Page

Shopping in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg has burgeoned into a popular touris...

Downtown Gatlinburg Image via Wikipedia

So you like to shop and you want to do some shopping on your vacation in Tennessee?  Pigeon Forge is the place to go if you really want a large number of stores.  Don’t get me wrong, Gatlinburg has plenty of shopping as well, but the stores are more limited since they are mostly in the 1 mile that is downtown Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg has smaller stores and it’s best to park your car behind the main drag or in a lot and walk the sidewalks going in and out of the specialty stores.  Lots of fudge and candy stores.  There’s also a McDonald’s, Bubba Gumps, KFC, and Walgreens on the main drag, so you’ll have some mainstream stores and familiar restaurants to suit your taste.  I hear the Outpost close to stop light 10 is a really great store for outdoor gear, we haven’t been there yet.

Pigeon Forge is a whole other story, on the main drag you’ll find one store after another.  A lot of them are even repeats of stores found a few blocks away.  There is a whole shopping center just for Christmas, and you can do lunch there as well.  For those of you who are die-hard designer shoppers you’ll find plenty to buy at the Tanger Outlets just north of Pigeon Forge in Sevierville.

Happy shopping!