Jul 292021
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For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood discusses the turning process of cups and tumblers and the “lesson plan” he has come up with to make it a quick and exciting presentation for museum guests watching his woodturning demonstrations.

Woodturning demonstrations, such as we do at the Wilson Museum each summer in July and August, are relatively efficient from start-to-finish, and both attract and engage an audience. The speedy process of “unwrapping” a square-cut or full-bark piece of wood with a chisel and revealing a useful object within, sometimes with unexpected natural figure, while the on-lookers observe can be nearly miraculous, a trick of hand-and-eye with the speed and fascination of an accomplished magician performing.

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