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CENTRE DAILY TIMES: State College woodturning club offers camaraderie, ways to give back to communit

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CENTRE DAILY TIMES: State College woodturning club offers camaraderie, ways to give back to community By Michael Sneff (05/03/2019)

For those looking for a new hobby as well as a way to give back to your community, look no further than a local club partaking in the niche pastime of woodturning.

Nittany Valley Woodturners is a nonprofit organization based in the State College area that allows members to learn the basics of woodturning, a craft where a chunk of wood is placed onto a lathe to make it spin, similar in nature to pottery. As the wood turns, chisel-like cutting tools shape and carve the piece into bowls, pots, boxes and more.

The club, which is part of the American Association of Woodturners, meets monthly at Mount Nittany Middle School’s workshop. When the first meeting was held in fall 2009, there were only about six people there. Now, it’s up to about 50 and growing.

“It’s a very addicting hobby,” said Reg Goeke, president of the Nittany Valley Woodturners. “Once people try it, they just can’t seem to stop. It’s a great deal of fun for people who really enjoy doing that sort of thing.”

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