KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. — Bryce Tyler Wootton, a 28-year-old licensed master barber, moved back home to the island in May after several years in Virginia Beach.
In late June, he set up a chair beneath a tent during the Knotts Island Peach Festival, cutting head after head as a one-of-a-kind vendor during the annual community event at Knotts Island Ruritan Park.
Hunter Waterfield, 10, was among the customers who made time for a haircut during the festival.
“Sweet mullet back here,” Wootton said, mid-haircut, before he finished the back. “What do you think?”
“I used to have a helmet of hair,” Waterfield said.
“His hair is so thick,” said Waterfield’s mom, Kim Morgan.
It was their second day at the festival, she said, and Waterfield had noticed there was a barber under a tent on the fairgrounds in the park. And he was due for a haircut.
“He was here yesterday,” she said. “He saw him here and thought it would be really cool to get his hair cut by him.”
“Well, thank you,” Wootton said, still working.
“It’s pretty cool,” Morgan said. “Something different.”
“Can I get a haircut?” Derek Morgan, 8, asked his mom. He had come over to watch.
“You just got your hair cut,” she replied. “You’re fine.”
A booth during the festival was not so far off the beaten path for Wootton, whose business card bears this message:
HAVE RAZOR WILL TRAVEL.
He has set up at conventions before, and this was a way to help show that he is up and running on the island while he builds a barbershop business at his home.
Reach Wootton via (757) 434-4787.
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