Dakota Woodturners teaching students tricks of the trade

Published: Apr. 21, 2017 at 7:55 AM CDT
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Some people practice their hobbies alone.

Others join clubs.

For instance, about 75 members of the Dakota Woodturners meet once a month to show each other what they’ve made.

And, in between meetings, they branch out to teach others, both old and young.

"It's my first time and I thought it was fantastic. I mean, like, I didn't expect to have as much fun as I did, really," says Trey Shereck, a Century High School Freshman.

21 students from the Career Academy in Bismarck are chipping away to create a honey dipper.

"My kids love it. It's almost like you can't drag them off it once they get started," says Engineering Instructor Jeff Schumacher.

Unlike wood carving, woodturning shapes wood using a lathe. And members of the Dakota Woodturners are teaching students some tricks of the trade.

John Warren with Dakota Woodturners says, "We get a chance to initially show them how to use the tool, how to use your machine, and how to do it safely."

And when I asked John what his favorite thing about woodturning is, he said, "It is a completely artistic endeavor in that you can move your tool whatever way you want and create a new cut, a new design. You can literally make anything from tiny cups to large bowls."

And it's something the students will never forget.

You can see nationally reknowned woodturners this weekend at the Academy, during the Woodturning Symposium Instant Gallery. Some of the art work will be for sale.