​​​​​​​Rick Merrill turns laminated exotic hardwood bowls to relax.  A look at his basement shop would make you think he makes wood chips and sawdust.  He and his wife JoAnne live on a farm in Flat Rock.  Their grown children all live in Asheville.  One is a jeweler with Southern Highlands Craft Guild and another is a weaver and fabric artist. 

Rick sells land and homes with Beverly-Hanks Realtors plus he volunteers with Conserving Carolina and Interfaith Assistance Ministry.  The bowls he does not donate to local charities or gives to buyers as thank you gifts, are for sale at Carolina Mountain Artists Guild.  Both he and JoAnne came to our beautiful mountains as VISTA volunteers in 1970.