Join us at Western Building Center in Columbia Falls this Saturday, April 15th, for a free demonstration from the High Country Wood Carvers and Glacier Woodturners Association. See the artisans at work, and browse a huge selection of completed projects. If you are interested in learning more about woodturning, Western Building Center offers all the tools you need to get you started, from lathes and chisels to glue, clamps, planers – and more! Our knowledgeable salespeople will be on hand to help you find the right tools for your project. We hope to see you there!
The Glacier Woodturners Association, the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, was founded in 1995 as a way for local woodturning professionals, enthusiasts, and hobbyists to share ideas and projects. They also participate in community education and hold annual fundraisers for a variety of different local and national charities. Since its inception, the association has grown to nearly 50 members from across western Montana.
Wood turning is an ancient art, practiced from as far back as the 6th century BCE. Ancient artisans used primitive wood-turning methods to create simple platters, bowls, and dishes. Throughout the centuries, as lathes became more complex, woodturners were able to create more sophisticated pieces.
The Glacier Woodturners create a wide array of different products – from simple bowls and plates, to intricate segmented pieces, to furniture, spindles, and toys. Every year, the GWA gives a demonstration for local children at the Antique Tractor Show, and give away more than 200 handmade toys! Their works are available for purchase throughout the state, and many members happily accept commissions. A large variety of pieces will be available for sale at the demo this Saturday.
To learn more about the Glacier Woodturners Association, please visit their website or join them on the 3rd Saturday of each month (summers excluded) at Hanson Trucking in Columbia Falls, Montana. These meetings are open to the public and are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.