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The Art of the Woodturner VI

Raw Edge Bowl, Rick Angus, from 2019 Woodturners' Show
Wood bowl with natural edge

Oct 07 - Oct 09, 2022

Woodturning: the art or process of fashioning wood into various forms and shapes by means of a lathe.

Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall

Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, 10:00am-4:00pm

Opening Reception with the artisans, Friday, October 7, 5:00-7:00pm

Returning to the Arnold Arboretum for the sixth year as an in-person show, The Art of the Woodturner VI will again offer visitors the chance to see an amazing variety of work—sculptural, functional, creative—art that appeals to the eye, as well as the touch.

Work from three New England clubs will be on view: Association of Revolutionary Turners (A.R.T.), Central New England Woodturners, and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners. Each craftsperson brings their own personal artistic vision to the objects they create, and the pieces in maple, cherry, and other wood from far and near (look for work turned from Arnold Arboretum deaccessioned trees), offer a unique look at the personality within the wood itself.

Woodturning is unique in relation to most woodworking, due to its use of a lathe; woodturners turn out practical pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic. Join us as members demonstrate their skill working the lathe throughout the week-end.

Demonstrations on the lathe in the Hunnewell Lecture Hall at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Demonstrations throughout both days on the Hunnewell lawn.

Large vase made of various colors and kinds of wood
Blue Green Vase, Steve Wiseman, from 2019 Woodturners’ show