In memory of Harold Harris, "The Gourd Man"
Visit us July 23, 4:00-8:00 p.m., at the FoNT Community Market, where we'll be offering the last pieces of Harold's collection.
Many of our customers will remember Harold Harris as a sweet, friendly and extremely talented gourd artist.
A Korean War veteran, Harris had never even heard of gourd art when he retired from a trucking industry career.
Frustrated by his post-retirement aimlessness, Harold's wife, Vicky, soon convinced him to accompany her to a craft show. And it was there that he first saw gourd art.
Over the next 20 years, Harold created a collection of work that repeatedly earned him first and second place medals in the Visual Arts Division of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition & Festival.
In March of this year, Harold passed away. In his final months, he and Vicky brought all his remaining gourd art to Center of the World.
On July 23, we'll be offering all of Harold's remaining pieces at discounted rates, with all proceeds going to his widow, Vicky.
Our showroom is now located at 4102 Hanover Rd., New Troy, MI 49119.
The showroom is now adjacent to our woodworking shop, which has been located on property occupied by Terry’s family for six generations. Overlooking ponds and woods at the end of Hanover Road, it’s an inspiring and tranquil place.
In addition to viewing our exclusive collection of furniture, visitors will have the opportunity to observe work in progress in the shop.
Why the move? Events of 2020 awakened in us a desire to simplify and focus on what’s most important to us. With this simplification, we'll be able to dedicate even more attention to the custom work that makes your bespoke pieces special.
Our new showroom is open by appointment and by chance. To make an appointment, please Contact us. We're also happy to discuss your needs by telephone or email.
In October 2020, Center of the World was once again a Gold-level sponsor of Run to the Center of the World, which despite an ongoing pandemic, succeeded in safely raising more than $3,00 for the New Troy Community Center.
Over the past 16 years, owners Terry and Lorraine, together with Center of the World staff have volunteered hundreds of hours of service for the Community Center, which provides an under-privileged community with a multitude of services (lending library with Wifi, story hour, reading programs, pickle ball, yoga, local history collection, playground, demonstration rain garden, winter coat drive, recycling event, visits from Santa, indoor winter flea markets and much more).
Owned, maintained and operated by the non-profit organization, Friends of New Troy, the Center receives no tax dollars, but has been supported entirely by fundraisers, donations, membership fees, and more recently, grants.
In 2019, Terry and Lorraine joined forces with Rotarian David Stevenson to write grants to rehab the Center's four restrooms. Built in 1962 as an elementary school, the Center's bathrooms had never been upgraded. Four grants came through, multiple fundraisers were held, and the bathroom rehab was completed in the spring/summer of 2020.