The Artistry of Woodturning

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Historically focused on creating functional items like chair and table legs, bed posts, tool handles, bowls and architectural elements, woodturning has evolved into a highly creative, artistic medium.

Discover how woodturners create functional and decorative objects out of beautiful pieces of wood, effectively revealing the character and grain of the wood, in our free exhibit The Artistry of Woodturning.

Experience the creative process involving working with wood, on not only lathe but also carving, piercing, surface embellishment and use of paint, epoxy, and other media to create pleasing effects. Learn more about woodturning and local woodturners at

Click here to download a slideshow on the history of woodturning from the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild!


January 28 – March 31, 2013
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Ruthven Gallery