Barbara Kurland and Bill Underwood of Denville can see great potential from a piece of wood. They turn it into colorful, decorative bowls that are also food safe. The woodturners recently won Best in Show at the Artsfest at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Dowell, Maryland.
Woodturning, explained Kurland, is taking a "hunk" of wood, mounting it on a lathe and scraping it with various tools. The pair does this first to the outside and then again on the inside until a wood bowl is created. From this basic step, the two crafters then embellish the bowls with colors and burned designs.
Bill Underwood and Barbara Kurland, two woodturners from Denville, showed and sold their food safe-colored, hand-turned bowls at the Artsfest at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Dowell, Md. Their work was chosen Best In Show. A bowl featuring a triple koi design.
Kurland and Underwood have been woodturning since 2003. They take their bowls to craft shows all over the northeast, hitting about a dozen or more a year. Locally, they participate in shows in Chester and Morristown. The pair has won awards in Pennsylvania and Virginia; however, the Maryland award is especially satisfying because they were judged against about 200 artists from around the country, exhibiting in many media... Read entire article.