William Joiner of Antique River Logs will give a College of Design lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 17 @ 5 p.m. in the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center. As a fifth-generation river-man, Joiner’s heritage resonates in his passion. Through development of technique and technology, he is the only person in the state of Kentucky licensed to dive and reclaim “remarkable timbers, resting on river bottoms, preserved by deep, cold water, and a lack of oxygen and light,” from Old Growth Forests dating back to the logging industry.
Through narrative and metaphor, Joiner will share his path of self-discovery, humble success, and focus on environmental stewardship, which is revealed through his respect and application of the rare virgin timber in products ranging from dice and pocket knives, to lamps and furniture, as well as solid-core doors and large-scale veneer. He has previously shared his story and product with design firms, like Gensler, and manufacturers, like Bentley Motors and Rolls-Royce, as well as media outlets, like PBS, leading to what promises to be a unique and impactful experience for the entire College.
Following William’s talk, there will be a reception in the Community Gallery, which will simultaneously celebrate work from the College of Design faculty.