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PRATT TRIBUNE: Artist creates ornaments from urchin shells and African wood by Gale Rose (11/04/2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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PRATT TRIBUNE: Artist creates ornaments from urchin shells and African wood by Gale Rose (11/04/2019)

Wood turner Mike Rutan gave ’Lunch and Learn” participants a demonstration Friday at the Vernon Filley Art Museum in Pratt.

It was a piece of wood from Africa and a shell from under the sea but when wood turner Mike Rutan was done, the two had been married into a delicate Christmas ornament. Rutan was a guest presenter at the Filley Art Museum “Lunch and Learn” on Friday, Nov. 1.

The “Lunch and Learn” series invites people to bring a sack lunch to the museum and take noon to 1 p.m. to visit with an artist as they present their particular skill with a live demonstration.

Rutan, a Medicine Lodge native, used a piece of red padauk wood from Africa to make the center portion of his ornament. Padauk is a hard wood and the trees can be 100 feet tall and two feet wide, Rutan said.

Rutan prefers to use hard woods for all his projects and elm is his favorite.

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