CHAPTER NEWS: Woodturners Association of Manitoba - Woodturners coming to PDAC (1/5/2016)
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
PORTAGE DAILY GRAPHIC: Woodturners Association of Manitoba - Woodturners coming to PDAC (1/5/2016)
Bowl gouges, spindle gouges, scrapers, skews and lathes are just some of the tools artists used to create the pieces that will soon be featured in the Portage and District Art Gallery (PDAC).
The Woodturners Association of Manitoba (WAM) will be taking over the gallery beginning Jan. 12 and running until Feb. 20.
“We're a group of about 40 people, both guys and girls, that meet in Winnipeg on a monthly basis,” said Woodturner Vern Crandell. “We get together to show what we've been doing, learn new techniques, swap wood, that type of thing.”
The conventional painted canvasses will give way to bowls, ornaments, paper platters and numerous other wooden creations.
“You'll see a variety of different turned items,” added Crandell. “One of the guys that is a member of the club does some absolutely stunning work in hollow forms and decorative pieces.”
Crandell, who got started in wood turning a decade ago as a hobby specializes in hollow forms, and will have a few of his pieces on display during the exhibition. Some of which will be available for purchase.
Although some of the smaller items can be turned to completion in just a few hours, Crandell estimates that some of the more intricate pieces can take upwards of a week.
“I'm always trying to learn new techniques, make things better, get a nicer curve, a smoother finish,” explained Crandell. “ Bowls are fun [to turn], but you've only got room for so many bowls.”
PDAC will be hosting an exhibition opening for WAM Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. It is a free event open to the public.
“I hope people will come out and have a look,” said Crandell. “We'll open a few eyes as to what you can do with a piece of wood.”
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