The 25th anniversary celebration of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association highlighted hundreds of pieces of exquisite woodworking.
A two-day show was held in April at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Nearly 600 regional and professional woodcrafters exhibited their work, with judging by a panel of nationally known woodworkers.
In addition to fine displays, the show included lectures on woodwork topics by national and regionally recognized professionals, as well as demonstrations and seminars on tools and techniques. The theme of this year’s show was musical instruments, highlighting custom-made banjos, flutes and guitars. Entertainment was provided with live bluegrass music. As in previous years, the Toy Factory was available for children to enjoy making cars, boats, airplanes and tool boxes.
The Kaatskill Woodturners exhibited fine wood turnings and achieved Red, White and Blue, and Honorable Mention ribbons in the following categories: Segmented, Ornaments, Pens, Jewelry, Vessels, Spindles, Bowls, Accessories and Novice. William Thiry earned First Place and Third Place for a spindle Christmas ornament and a segmented Christmas ornament, respectively. Newcomer, Jamie Dreyer, earned First Place in the Novice category for his beautiful natural edge bowl. John Franklin achieved a Third Place for his salt and pepper mill turnings in the Spindle category, and Honorable Mention for his segmented vessel. A Third Place ribbon was earned by Samuel Amodeo for his unique segmented padlock with key. I was awarded First Place for my “ Puppy Love” pen with paw prints, and a Third Place ribbon in Jewelry for “Bangles in a Bangle.”
While there is no question that success involves talent and creativity, the Kaatskill Woodturners Association has provided the foundation for many wood turners and will continue to do so. Meetings are held at the Opdahl Estate, 431 Wynkoop Place, Hurley. A detailed calendar of club events is available at www.carlford.us/kwa. For additional information, contact Wally Cook, Kaatskill Woodturners Association president, at 845-338-2193.