Aug. 5, 2013 – We visited with the Southern Piedmont Woodturners studio at ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, where the classic art of woodturning takes shape in Cabarrus County.
Woodturning is a form of woodworking used to create wooden objects on a lathe. Woodturning differs from most other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while the artist uses a stationary tool to cut and shape it. A skilled woodturner can create many shapes and designs. At the Southern Piedmont Woodturners studio, the woodturners use their creativity to design custom bowls, goblets, vases and other unique and skilled works of art.
In 2005, the Southern Piedmont Woodturners became affiliated with the Cabarrus Arts Council and have since grown to encompass talented artists from across the region.
The woodworkers are professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the art of woodturning through education. They offer quarterly workshops, mentor programs for beginning woodturners and educational resources. They also provide speakers and demonstrations upon request to schools and organizations.
A major part of their mission is to introduce the art of woodturning to the general public through demonstrations at local art walks, fairs and festivals. If you’ve ever been to the Cabarrus County Fair, you probably remember watching the memorizing techniques of the woodturners, as they create whimsical toys for children who visit their demonstration booth. It’s always a crowd favorite and you can catch them again at the 2013 Fair, Sept. 6-14.
The Southern Piedmont Woodturners studio is located at the ClearWater Artist Studios, located at 223 Crowell Dr. NW, in the Gibson Village neighborhood of Concord. To learn more about woodturners and to see a listing of the upcoming events and demonstrations by the Southern Piedmont Woodturners, visit www.spwoodturners.org.
- Power of Age community survey, through Sept. 15
- Cabarrus County Fair, advance ticket sales through Sept. 5
- Fall garden Prep class, North Cabarrus Park, Aug. 17
- Back to school mini golf tournament, Frank Liske Park, Aug. 17
- Usher Orientation at the Davis Theatre, Aug. 14 and 17
- Back to school information
- Workforce workshops at RCCC
- Meet the author with Anna Jean Mayhew, Kannapolis Library, Aug. 17
- Encyclopedia Britannica available for free, online
- Tar Heel Consignment Sale, Cabarrus Arena, Aug. 15-18
- Premiere Wrestling Xperience, Cabarrus Arena, Aug. 17
- Low-cost rabies vaccinations, Cabarrus Animal Shelter, Aug. 21