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JOURNAL PIONEER: Cutting edge woodturning at Summerside exhibition (01/22/2017)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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A wooden block starts to spin on Gordon Jenkins custom-built treadle lathe when he taps the lever with his foot.

The crowd gathered watches as Jenkin’s and his colleague, Zack Bernard, master the unique craft of shaping wood at the Eptek Arts and Culture Centre in Summerside on Sunday afternoon.

The lathe, which was used as a demonstration to the crowd, was built for the Culture Summerside craft mentorship project last summer.

The P.E.I. Wood Turner’s Guild mounted the exhibition that showcases talented and intricate pieces of wood transformed into art and furniture.

A nostalgic spin was put on the exhibition that delved into the life of Herb Leavitt, who operated a commercial wood turning business in Alberton in the mid-to-late 20th century. Many Islanders will remember his array of bird’s-eye maple products.

Jenkins, a wood turner for 50-years, said he got into the craft because of Leavitt.

“Herb Leavitt took me into his wood turning shop in Alberton because of my mother, and I was amazed to see all these gadgets,” said Jenkins, who demonstrated his handmade lathe to the public. “Herb took me under his wing at the age of 10.”

A perfect fit: Co-president of the P.E.I. Wood Turner’s Guild, Jim Wicks, showcases his intricate Funeral Urn made from bird’s-eye maple, tiger maple and walnut.

The work, submitted by several members of the guild for the public to enjoy, ranges from bowls, salt and pepper shakers, chess pieces with board, flower vases, pens, funeral urn, and candlestick holders, to name but a few.

Diane Gaudreau submitted her handmade candlestick holder, which she carved from quilted maple, highlighting its beautiful grain.

“I have a wood working business on the north shore of the Island since 1980, and I’ve been woodturning from a young age,” said Gaudreau, who owns a shop called Woodmagic in Rustico. She added, “My husband, who passed away in 2011, was a wood turner and I have his lathe now, so I make good use of it.”

Co-president of the P.E.I. Wood Turner’s Guild, Darrell DesRoches, said he has been turning wood for 25 years and hopes more people will be inspired by the variety and skill of woodturning and join the guild that meets once a month, on the last Wednesday.

The exhibition remains open to the public until Feb. 24.

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