During the summer, you'll find Jack Thrower at the downtown Pineville farmers market every Saturday morning. Thrower is a longtime Pineville resident and former chief of police, who sells Indian artand homemade pickles. .
He welcomes on-lookers with a smile, ready to educate visitors about his goods, which he sells under the name Chief Jack Amo.
In 2004, Thrower, 67, retired after 16 years with Pineville's Police Department and began creating Indian art.
His philosophy as chief was the same that he applies to his everyday life: Do your best and do something you enjoy. He applies brings that philosophy to creating Indian art. Thrower incorporates commitment, imagination and carving to this creative activity over the years. He finds fallen branches on his land, friends' land and along the road, as well as stones, bones and other natural objects that he incorporates into the art.
He makes peace pipes, arrowheads, walking sticks, tomahawks, spears, necklaces, rings, Indian heads and more. He's been known to barter his creations for buffalo teeth, porcupine quills, Indian arrowheads and anything else he can incorporate into his designs.
Thrower's stand at the market is next to longtime friend and local farmer Don Eury. . The two men help each other with set up, sales and take down.
Thrower used to farm his own land in Pineville, but the cost of water and problems with deer has kept him from planting. Besides selling Indian art , Thrower sells homemade pickles, and Eury provides him with the cucumbers.
Thrower has been making pickles for 40 years. He learned the skill from "Aunt" Maggie Vick of Pineville. The special ingredient she handed down to him is "tender, loving care," said Thrower.
Vick made wonderful pickles. Thrower liked the pickles so much that he took on the responsibility of making them himself, when she died.
"(Thrower) takes a lot of pride in what he does," said Eury.
Thrower was born in Raleigh and grew up in Pineville, where he lives today.
His Pineville ancestors go back to the early 1900s. At the turn of the century his grandfather Jim Thrower was the town mail carrier, delivering mail throughout the area by horse and buggy. He was also a veterinarian and worked two jobs simultaneously, delivering mail as he visited neighborhood farms to care for animals.
Thrower inherited his grandfather's gift for giving. "He's got an answer for anyone's problem. He's there to help people," said Eury