Unique crafts offered at show and sale
MORGAN CITY, La. — Craftsmen from across the country descended on Morgan City to sell their wares at the 36th annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale, which was held during the 78th annual Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival.
Terry Williams of TK Imports, a copper artisan, said his business has been in existence since he retired in 2001 but has changed almost exclusively from selling imported goods to selling his crafted copper wall art.
While some of his copper pieces are simple sheet copper that he has crafted into multi-colored art, others are 200- to 300-year-old discs from Egypt that go through a process of being cut and shaped before being shipped to the United States.
Unfortunately, Williams said he has not been able to get any copper out of Egypt in three years because of the political turmoil in the country.
Williams said there are two people in the country who do the process it takes to create his type of artisan copper. Sam Mayhob, an Egypt native who resides in Arizona, taught the process to Williams and sells his wares in the southwest while Williams sells in the southeast.
Another booth at the craft show was a fundraiser for Wes Bandemer’s continued efforts to return to India to undergo a third round of stem cell treatment.
Greg Ganaway, who was working the booth Saturday, said Bandemer was injured in a 2006 motocross accident. He said Bandemer was always an active person both before and after the accident and has never stopped trying to walk after becoming a quadriplegic.
His first two rounds of stem cell treatment allowed him to go from having no motion below the neck to now being able to move his shoulders and arms.
Every dollar raised at the booth goes toward Bandemer’s cause, Ganaway said.