Woodworker’s Turn Raw Lumber into Works of Art

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Imagine turning raw lumber into works of art…well, the Gmeiner Art Center in downtown Wellsboro is hosting the first ever Woodworker’s Show with objects from wooden wine glasses to benches and knickknacks.

18 News caught up with the artists from across Tioga County who are woodcarvers and woodturners.  Some make crafts for a business and some are just hobbyists like Anne Alexander who is a welder by day, and made her first ever wood project, a coffee table made of a slab of sycamore and reclaimed steel.

“Normally I work with steel and I’m pretty good at making it do what i want it to do for my vision to come to fruition but wood is much different and woods already got stresses in a life of its own before you start working it so the wood kind of determines what you have to do to it,” said Alexander.

Woodturner Steve Tracy made a bandsaw box made with exotics from the Caribbean called “Chachan.”

Ross Shourds, a woodcarver has been carving since he was eight-years-old and said carving is in his blood. He carved a long billed curlew along with other animals. 

Jonathan Stager makes furniture and is inspired by nature and loves the natural variations of the wood. 

It’s safe to say there was something for everyone, especially for wine enthusiasts as woodturner Stanley Tokarz makes a collection of wooden wine glasses with wooden ring charms on the bottom of the wine glass stems.

Woodland Owner and President, Marwin Cummings made a porch swing made of various trees from Tioga County.

Some of the work is for sale and some are exclusively on display at the Woodworker’s Show.

The Gmeiner Art Center invites you to check out the exhibit from now until March 12th, located on 134 Main Street in Wellsboro.  Gallery hours are 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is free.

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