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For woodturner, a block of maple is inspirational

Some woodturning pieces George Olsen has produced in his shop. Left to right: lidded box with crushed turquois inlay; specially turned wood pens made from Cocobolo, a Central American hardwood; offset goblet; peppermill; coffee grinder; Captive Ring Love Goblet; and bowl.
Some woodturning pieces George Olsen has produced in his shop. Left to right: lidded box with crushed turquois inlay; specially turned wood pens made from Cocobolo, a Central American hardwood; offset goblet; peppermill; coffee grinder; Captive Ring Love Goblet; and bowl.
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George Olsen grips the wooden handle and metal shaft of a high-steel chisel with its small sharp edge as he shapes a spinning block of wood on a lathe, plying a craft whose roots can be traced to ancient times. Pressing the cutting tip against the wood, he moves the tool gently back and forth along its length — sculpting, tapering, smoothing. The whirring sound of the lathe deepens as the blade digs into the ...


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