The New Mexico State Fair is just around the corner, and one stop you’ll want to make while you’re there is in the arts and crafts area.
There, a talented group is turning out masterpieces using a block of wood and some tools.
It’s the first Saturday of the month, and the New Mexico Woodturners are coming together to learn and grow in their craft.
Woodturners don’t use nails and hammers or screws to form the wood into shapes.
“Woodturning is where you put a piece of wood on a lathe and you spin it to speeds of up to a thousand, 2,000 and more RPS and you apply tools to them to shape them,” Larry Linford, president of New Mexico Woodturners.
Larry Linford is the president of the club established nearly 25 years ago.
He says this ancient art-form is growing in popularity.
“In the last probably 10 to 15 years, it just really has taken the county by storm,” Linford said.
He also says local woodturners are creating all kinds of unique items.
“There is a lot of talent here in New Mexico, and it’s just amazing what these people are turning out,” Linford explained.
The group’s vice president Hy Tran says his hobby is addicting.
“I like the fact that with your own hand and the help of a machine you can make something that is both really pretty and also functional at the same time,” Tran said.
While the group hosts monthly workshops, their main event is the New Mexco State Fair.
There, they set up their machinery and show people exactly what they do. members taking home blue ribbons for their work.
“It’s a lot of fun, we have a lot of children stop by adults too actually,” Tran said.
The New Mexico State Fair opens next Thursday and runs through September 18th.