Yesterday a few members of my woodturning group put on a demo at an area high school. There were 5 turners that participated and we showed Pen turning, Christmas Ornaments, Duck calls, Baseball Bat Pens, and I demonstrated turning a bowl. The day went very well and we had much fun. All of the students that were in the class had "hands on", turning at least 1 item that they were allowed to keep. The most heartwarming part of the whole day was a young lady who was petrified of the lathes and burst into tears when we told her it was her turn to make something.
Patients and encouragement abounded from the members of the group and before the end of the day..........Well............these pictures should tell the whole story.
What a happy girl. She conquered her fears and turned a pen and an Ornament!
It was a joy to show these young people the thing that I enjoy and a real kick to watch them realize that they to can turn wood. We have another demo tentatively scheduled for the spring and I'll be there.
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