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WICKED LOCAL: Louis Noborini’s passion for woodworking dates back to school in Southborough

Tuesday, July 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Woodturner Louis Noborini got his love for woodworking when he was in his seventh-grade woodworking class at the Woodward School in Southborough.

After making a bowl, his fascination turned into a passion. Years later, his son came home with a handmade wooden pen, and that stirred his emotions to get back into this craft. Shortly after, his wife Marcia bought him his first lathe at Christmas.

“I have a tremendous love affair with wood, and I want it to be fun,” Noborini said. “But, I also want to have instant gratification as well. My lathe is my favorite piece of equipment because it makes the items smooth, and lines things up correctly, plus it is quiet. The grains of wood intrigue me and I can make stunning objects, which creates fascinating finishes. I can usually make a pen in less than an hour.”

For finishing purposes, Noborini will use Super Glue to give the pens some texture.

David Marks, an American furniture designer and woodturner, and Tim Yoder, who became a television sensation with his PBS award-winning show “Woodturning Workshop” on PBS, inspired Noborini because of their meticulous and thorough instructions.

Sometimes Noborini will run into some challenges when making a piece, and that is not having enough space and time. Down the road, when he retires, he will have more time to sell more pieces at a comfortable level, and he feels that having a good-quality lathe and tools is essential in woodturning.

“If I do make a mistake on something, I usually can correct it immediately. My philosophy is to not buy low-end tools/machinery and don’t give up. Use exotic woods, and if it doesn’t come out good the first time, then try again,” he said.

The tools that Noborini uses are various skews, chisels and detailers, some made out of carbide steel, and he keeps them sharp to make them last longer. He uses cocobolo wood, which is only grown in Mexico and can be used for woodturning along with olive wood from Bethlehem, Israel; and snake wood, which comes from a small tree in the forests of Central and South America. Snake wood is also one of the world’s most-expensive woods, as a 1- by 9-inch piece can cost $30 to $40.

Some of the items that Noborini has created areflatware, pepper mills, cheese-slicers, pens, bowls, toothbrush handles, oil lamps and wine glasses. He enjoys making utilitarian pieces like knives and pizza-cutters, and gives these items to family and friends as gifts.

 

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