At Bangor workshop, wood is the subject — and there is no shortage of it

Posted Feb. 15, 2013, at 5:40 a.m.
Wood turners get a close-up look at a bowl turned from a block of cherry wood by Carl Winter during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners.
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Wood turners get a close-up look at a bowl turned from a block of cherry wood by Carl Winter during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners. Buy Photo
Mike Kagan (left) inspects a flower made from a wood burl by Carl Winter (right) as Stu White (second from left) and Larry Littlefield (second from right) look on during  the January monthly meeting of the Eastern Maine Woodturners at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.
Mike Kagan (left) inspects a flower made from a wood burl by Carl Winter (right) as Stu White (second from left) and Larry Littlefield (second from right) look on during the January monthly meeting of the Eastern Maine Woodturners at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Buy Photo
Members of the Eastern Maine Woodturners inspects a bowl that was turned by Carl Winter during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The bowl will need to be dried slowly before it's complete.
Members of the Eastern Maine Woodturners inspects a bowl that was turned by Carl Winter during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The bowl will need to be dried slowly before it's complete. Buy Photo
Wood turning tools sit on a lathe during a wood turning demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The Eastern Maine Woodturners goal is to educate and share wood turning tips with all interested in improving the craft.
Wood turning tools sit on a lathe during a wood turning demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The Eastern Maine Woodturners goal is to educate and share wood turning tips with all interested in improving the craft. Buy Photo
A crowd gathers around Carl Winter as he adds decorative markings on a wooden bowl during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners.
A crowd gathers around Carl Winter as he adds decorative markings on a wooden bowl during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners. Buy Photo
Pat Roche (from left) and Bert Holland, both of Stockton Springs, inspect a wooden bowl that was turned by Carl Winter during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners.
Pat Roche (from left) and Bert Holland, both of Stockton Springs, inspect a wooden bowl that was turned by Carl Winter during a demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners. Buy Photo
Carl Winter takes the rough edges off a block of cherry wood during a wood turning demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners.
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Carl Winter takes the rough edges off a block of cherry wood during a wood turning demonstration at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 during the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners. Buy Photo
Buzz Small shows off a wood turning he crafterd during the show-and-tell portion of the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.
Buzz Small shows off a wood turning he crafterd during the show-and-tell portion of the monthly meeting of Eastern Maine Woodturners at Eastern Maine Community College on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Buy Photo
A pair of cherry wood bowls sit on the shavings under a wood lathe used to create them during a wood turning demonstration by Carl Winter at the monthly meeting of the Eastern Maine Woodturners at the Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.
A pair of cherry wood bowls sit on the shavings under a wood lathe used to create them during a wood turning demonstration by Carl Winter at the monthly meeting of the Eastern Maine Woodturners at the Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Buy Photo

It looked like a cookware party. All the ingredients were there: People gathered around a table talking quietly, bowls and vessels of different sizes and shapes were on display.

When someone carried in a small table made from the famed elm tree “Herbie” of Yarmouth it was clear this was no ordinary gathering. It was the monthly meeting of the Eastern MaineWoodturners at the Eastern Maine Community College Building and Construction Workshop in Bangor.

Wood was the subject and there was no shortage of it.

The crowd of 33 men and a few women had braved cold temperatures to see a demonstration by Carl Winter on how to turn bowls from trees on a wood lathe. Wood chips flew as Winter commanded the audience’s attention, making two bowls appear from separate blocks of cherry he had been curing for some time.

The bowls — one with a natural rough edge and the other a smooth one with wire-burned decorative edge — were passed person to person for close examination. Questions were asked and answered, no secrets among this crowd, teaching and learning is the goal of the organization.

Show and tell was up next, bringing members and guests around a large table to show and talk about their creations made over the past few months. Wooden ornaments, vases, and of course bowls were held aloft for all to see, some less than perfect, but admired by everyone.

The announcement that next month’s meeting will pit three woodturners against each other in a plate-turning competition built anticipation with the crowd, which by then had finished a raffle to raise funds, was busy bundling against the cold and trundling off to garages and basements to apply the knowledge they had just gained.

Their own lathes awaited.

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