At times, it’s difficult to shake the stereotype from the craft. Too often craftspeople are unfairly dismissed as antiquated and their products stale. Quilters with fusty, old floral blankets or candlestick makers with yellow beeswax pillars. The same can be said for woodturners and oversized fruit bowls.
While yes, those bowls exist, woodturning isn’t as old as it used to be.
Thanks to what The Globe and Mail dubbed as the “slow goods” movement, people (read: mostly hipsters) are returning to handmade crafts for their quality, and crafters are expanding their repertoire with modern designs.
Turning Against The Grain is currently on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery in the Nova Scotia Centre for Crafts and Design and challenged members of the Nova Woodturners Guild to develop the artistic nature of the trade, bridging the divide between art and craft.