MEMBER NEWS: Don Wattenhofer, Ponsford, MN - Ponsford woodturner crafts decorative pieces from white
Monday, December 28, 2015
Posted by: Kim Rymer
PARK RAPIDS ENTERPRISE: Don Wattenhofer, Ponsford, MN, Ponsford woodturner crafts decorative pieces from white oak, cherry, walnut (12/25/2015)
Shades of chocolate emerge from Don Wattenhofer’s bowls, platters, goblets, vases and urns. He is an artistic woodturner, fashioning both decorative and practical pieces from harvested wood. Nestled in five forested acres along the shores of Big Basswood Lake, he works in his shop. Woodturning is a unique craft that uses a motorized lathe. Wood is mounted on the lathe, then spun on its axis at high rpms – upwards of 2,500 rpm – while the cutter steadily holds specialized, deep-fluted gouges to shape the wood. The lathe is, in fact, an ancient tool, dating back to 1300 BCE when the Egyptians first developed the two-person lathe. An amazing variety of items can be created by woodturning. Wattenhofer was once commissioned to create a shift knob for a Model A out of mesquite from Texas. Read full article.