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HARVARD CRIMSON: A Lathe Night Turning Wood in Mather Basement (03/29/2019)

Thursday, March 28, 2019   (0 Comments)
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HARVARD CRIMSON: A Lathe Night Turning Wood in Mather Basement (03/29/2019) By Katie L. Dubinski and Amanda Y. Su

When we enter the Mather House Woodturning Studio on a Friday evening, Jack B. Smith ’19 accosts us with a small slab of Hawthorn wood.

“Smell it!” he insists.

Smith has been a regular at this studio since his freshman year. Hidden in the basement of Mather, the studio provides a space for students to practice the art of woodturning. Here, budding woodturners use hand tools and a lathe, a machine that rotates wood, to carve round items such as bowls, cups, tool handles, and candlesticks.

The wood that Smith holds came straight from the limb of a Hawthorn tree in the Adams House courtyard, which snapped after a snow storm.

“Whenever trees come down around campus, I try to be the first one there,” Smith says. “People text me when they hear chainsaws.”

A few minutes later, Smith’s mentor, Alan Hark, enters the studio and admires Smith’s prize. “That’s a big thing in the community,” he says. “Salvaging wood.”

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