SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

The Big Heap features architectural salvage artisan

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the big heapCAVE CREEK – The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, which will be held November 16, 17 and 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Cave Creek, north of Phoenix, Ariz., is emerging as one of the most exceptional indie, vintage, modern, industrial and salvaged goods gatherings in the West.

The festival will feature many special artisans such as Dave Tolkuhn. After years as a personal trainer, Tolkhun became interested in architectural salvage after creating a piece for a friend from salvage in his grandfather’s barn in Wisconsin.

"It turned out so nice all my friends started asking me to make pieces from junk around their farms” says Tolkuhn. “I was hooked! I started buying the rights to salvage from old buildings that were scheduled for demolition!"

The Big Heap, which is sponsored by the founders of Cave Creek Thieves Market, will be held at 38410 N. School House Road in Cave Creek, Ariz. Admission to the event is $5 for adults and children are free. For vendor information, details and directions, visit:

Founded in 2008, Cave Creek Thieves Market, LLC's mission is to provide independent artists and entrepreneurs a marketplace to benefit from their creativity. The market has an expanding focus on handmade and salvaged goods.