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Artistry in Wood Revisited-Part 2

More coverage of the Artistry in Wood Show from Dayton, Ohio. In this second blog and video, we start off with Tom Lensch, puzzle designer and builder extroadinaire. Tom travels internationally with his puzzle designs and creates the most obscure mind boggling wood frustrations you can imagine, pure genius! We interviewed Tom a while back, and you can read about that HERE.

Tom and many others at the Dayton Carvers Guild spend much time trying to teach a new generation to become future woodworkers by giving them some basic projects and instruction to build on. At this show there is a specific area set up for children of all ages to participate. In the first photo below, Nina made the bunny box with moving handle, and was very proud of her chalk board, as she stated, “I just randomly made something!” Great job Nina!

The kids learned measuring, glue-ups, assembly, proper hand tool use, and woodshop safety. The creativity and energy was endless!

You will also find the American Eagle that took 3 years to carve, as Suzy Phillips talks with Mike Ford about the creation of this magnificient artwork.

We also met Cora Hursey who makes makes carousels, and finds time to carve and donate canes for wounded Veterans with her Columbus area carving club.

There were wooden bicycles by Jay Kinsinger,

Hand crafted boxes, jewelry and inlay items by Cheryl and Tom Gustafson.

We’ll also talk with a couple of famous chip carvers, Roger Strautman,

…and Wayne Barton.

Suzy Phillips of The American Woodshop joins us in anchoring several of these interviews…enjoy!

There was something at this event for all ages, whether you just walked around, participated, or even brought something home that caught your eye.

It’s never to late to learn how to woodwork. Below, 96 year young, John Kos started turning pens, wine bottle stoppers, and key chains just 4 years ago, and now runs his own business selling his crafts. We’ll have a later blog on him.

This show was pure fun and enjoyment, and we cannot wait to return for the 31st show, second weekend in November, 2012; mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss it. So regardless if you turn,


whittle or paint,

build furniture,

or make boxes,

This show is for EVERYONE!

In the beginning we mentioned the show was overwhelming with talent, but most of all the show was truly inspiring. You too can make anything you put your hearts, minds and hands to.

No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced woodworker, Woodcraft is always here to help you make wood work.

So what are you waiting for?
Go make something, and we’ll see YOU at next years Artistry in Wood Show!…Frank