Once a craft of necessity, creating practical items for daily use, woodturning has evolved into an art form. In May, the Bluewater Area Woodturners (BAW) will be sharing this art form with the Port Huron area. From the 1st through the 31st, Studio 1219 will be hosting a show highlighting more than 175 pieces created by area woodturners. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 10th from 6-8pm and is free to the public. The BAW aims to promote the skills and art of woodturning through this exhibition. “We hope to give rise to an insatiable curiosity about woodturning,” says Bryan Morgans, one of the highly skilled craftspeople organizing the show. Once used to create practical, utilitarian objects, woodturning has become an art form in its own right. These days, visitors can find turned items in galleries and museums throughout the country. Most items in the show have been formed on a lathe which revolves at speeds up to three thousand revolutions per minute. Artists use various tools to shape the wood blocks as they turn, altering the shape of the piece into the desired profile. Most works are made of domestic woods such as cherry, walnut and maple; but exotic species such as ebony and padauk are often used to create decorative elements and highlights such as inlays.
Visitors of the show may be surprised by the variety of items in the exhibition. Morgans says, “Pieces will range from bowls to round-lidded boxes so meticulously turned that there is a distinct ‘pop’ when the lid is taken off.” Christmas tree ornaments, pens and other, purely decorative items, will be on display as well. Anyone who appreciates art and outstanding craftsmanship will enjoy the opportunity to view the lovely pieces that are sometimes so fluid in appearance they seem to defy the limitations of the medium. For more information and photos of some marvelous pieces, visit www.bluewaterareawoodurners.
Author Bio: Michele Bourdo is a freelance writer living and working in Port Huron. For more information about Michele and to review her portfolio, visit www.michelebourdo.com.