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Woodturning Demonstration with Charles Farrar

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Sunday, Apr 17

1:00PM - 4:00PM

Admission: Children and Mint members free/ $6 adults

Woodturning Demonstration with Charles Farrar

April 17 2016, Mint Museum Uptown,  1-4 p.m. | All ages
Children & Mint members FREE, adult admission $6

As part of  SUNDAY FUN DAY!  CRAFT GALAXY , enjoy a woodturning demonstration with noted artist Charles Farrar.

"My fascination with the many properties of wood began when I was a child growing up in Southern Virginia.  I am happiest when creating from found woods that feature irregular grain patterns, knots, burls or voids, such that the finished work provokes a different commentary.I work using a custom built Nichols lathe and tools for the different stages of turning; shaping, hollowing, etc.  Ecological sensibility prevents my harvesting living trees solely for the purpose of turning vessels.

Some of my vessels are classical forms with finely finished surfaces.  Others have hand carved, textured or pigmented surfaces. I’m reminded of my ancestors when I embellish the surface of a piece.  While Sub-Saharan Africans were master carvers, it was the Egyptians in North Africa who gave to the world the process of turning wood using a lathe as early as the time of the great pyramids."

-Charles Farrar

This project is supported by SunTrust Foundation, the Mint Museum Auxiliary, N.C.Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts.