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MY ND NOW: The Dakota Woodturners Host Hands-On Symposium (04/23/2017)

Monday, April 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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When it comes to honing their skills Dakota Woodturners don't just sit back and watch.

The Dakota Woodturners Hands-On Symposium teaches you how to take a block of wood and turn it into a piece of art.

"The wonderful part about it is the 37 folks that are turning here, today. We have folks that have never turned before that are turning for the very first time," John Warren, Dakota Woodturners member says.

The club has put on the symposium for 15 years.
It  allows woodturners of all skill levels to learn from some of the best artists in the country, artists like John Beaver.

"I grew up in Southern California near the Pacific Ocean and I thought what can I do to bring the energy and the rhythm of ocean waves to woodturning?" John Beaver, professional woodturner says.

Beaver says he found his own inspiration right outside his door.

But he isn't keeping what he knows to himself.

" A lot of the major turners share their techniques because they want everybody to improve," Beaver says.

This sense of comradery is what woodturners say makes the community unique.

"It's a very rewarding pass time. Once you start learning how to use the lathe, then you get on it, all of a sudden hours have gone by," Warren says.
The group not only values the craft but the friendships they build as well.

"It is a very warm and giving group of folks," Warren says. "You get to meet some really fine people that want to help you and help you  improve what you're doing without any consideration or compensation. They just like what they do and like hanging out."
They are keeping this art form alive and well, and free from tarnish.
The Dakota Woodturners Club meet the second Saturday of every month at the Bismarck State College Tech Center.

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