Member Len Baer started woodturning about 6 years ago after being fascinated by a lathe demonstration at an art show. His interest in the process of making things out of raw wood led Len to join a woodturning club called Susquehanna Woodturners. “Next thing I knew, other and better woodturners were giving me pointers and showing me how to improve on my work.”
Len’s raw material is most often a storm damaged downed tree. “I like to get my hands (and his chainsaw) on the tree the day it goes down. The fresher the wood the better it is to work with.” Len’s favorite objects to turn are bowls, which he starts with his freshly harvested green wood, turns to a rough shape, and then sets aside to dry for a year or more before mounting the rough turned bowl back on the lathe to complete the turning process. “Working with a large block of wood is fun; you never know for sure what you will find as you start exposing the inner part of the wood. But more often than not you get to see a raw block of wood turn into a beautiful bowl.”
Len tells us that the wood always provides something special, a knot or exceptional grain pattern that sets each piece apart. It’s his expertise in handling those imperfections – natural gifts – that makes Len’s work so desirable to collect.
“I made bowls for several years, with people telling me how nice they were before I could wrap my brain around the idea that what I make is art.” Come and see what Len’s friends knew even before he did!
Len will be here, with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of Len’s work on the Gallery page of http://www.ybcrafts.org and follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baers-Woodturnings/362426857196390?directed_target_id=0