Indigenous: Chad Patillo

  • 201 North Wayne Street
    Milledgeville, GA 31061



Come enjoy Indigenous, a woodworking exhibit by Chad Patillo. Opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 16th from 1 - 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display from February 16 - March 14. 

Chad Patillo was born in the Pacific Northwest, raised in the Midwest and now lives in Sparta, Georgia. He moved to the south six years ago after accepting a job to implement and oversee a newly constructed fiber optic communications / rural broadband system. For over twenty five years, Chad worked in the cable communications business, from cable installer to operations manager.

In 2016, Chad's life changed tremendously after suffering a heart attack which led him to make some changes in his professional and personal life. It was shortly after that he discovered his talent for creating beautiful works of art from found, local and salvaged wood. He began making wooden spoons and bowls from wood that he found locally in the forests around his home. He has now expanded into making more complex pieces such as, chess boards, furniture, wildlife carvings, with not only indigenous wood, but also any salvaged wood he may find.