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NORTH COUNTRY PUBLIC RADIO: A lifetime of woodturning on the edge of Trout Lake (08/11/2017)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The Cranberry Lake Art Show this weekend will feature work by more than 50 artists in the northwestern Adirondacks. You'll find favorite pieces by painters, photographers, potters, fiber artists and woodworkers - all highlighting nature, culture and people.

For nearly 40 years, Ashley's marina has been a landmark on Trout Lake, near Edwards in St. Lawrence County. And tucked away in one corner of the boathouse is a woodworking shop, with lathes and a wide assortment of tools. It's where most days you'll find Dick Ashley at work, turning a wooden bowl, or making baseball bats for his great-grandchildren.

Ashley grew up in the North Country and learned woodworking while in high school.

He's known for his multi-colored inlay work and stained glass windows. You'll find some of Ashley's art glass in the windows of the St. Lawrence County Court House in Canton.

Now in his 80s, a stroke a few years ago forced him to close the marina, but didn't stop his woodworking. Family, Trout Lake, boating and woodworking are his passions. He's a licensed Great Lakes pilot and goes by the nickname "Captain Dick."

He's reluctant to call himself an artist, but he's spent decades bringing out the best in cherry, maple, walnut and ash. Some of his favorite pieces will be on display at the Cranberry Lake Art Show this weekend.

Todd Moe stopped by for a chat earlier this week as four generations of his family enjoyed summer fun in the lake just outside his shop.

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