WOODTURNERS SET UP SHOP, TURN OUT TOPS FOR KIDS

The 2014 Fair was a chance for Woodturners to show and share their skills with local kids .  Courtesy photos.

The 2014 Fair was a chance for Woodturners to show and share their skills with local kids .
Courtesy photos.

By Gail Marvel

MONTROSE—(August 5, 2014)  The Montrose Area Woodturners garnered rave reviews with wood turning demonstrations at the Montrose County Fair. The fair, held July 17-27 was an opportunity to expose the community to the local wood turners’ handiwork.

The wood turners manned three hour shifts at their booth where they greeted the public; showed off novice and expert skills; and swept up wood shavings. The hum of the lathe, wood chips flying through the air, and the smell of freshly cut wood were hard to resist.

Club President Dave Kaufmann, an expert wood turner, switched from artist to assembly line worker as he tried to keep up with the demand from children who waited patiently in line for a handcrafted top. Dave laughed, “I really thought I’d be turning something else besides tops all day!”

It’s likely Dave can turn tops in his sleep, but in real time it takes about three minutes from a blank to the finished product. The tops became a one-of-a-kind toy for children as they selected the chatter tool and colors used on their top.  By the end of the event the turners produced over 200 personalized tops for local children.

In addition to demonstrations, the members also displayed some of their finished projects. Of particular pride for the club are the Eagle Head walking canes that they, along with wood carvers, craft for local Veterans.

Centrally located, the Montrose Area Woodturners meet once a month and draws members from all over the western slope of Colorado. This 20 plus member club, established in January 2014, is affiliated with the American Association of Woodturners.

Contact information:

Montrose Area Woodturners

http://www.montrosewoodturners.com

Dave Kaufmann, President

Phone number 970-238-0661.