Wood turning demo Saturday at Market

Halcottsville — Joe Hartman will demonstrate the art of wood turning on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the Round Barn in Halcottsville.
The stove pipe bowl is a creative vessel, turned from a log with a large hole through the center. The finished bowl is oval with a small opening in the top with a large hole through the side, displaying the decayed surfaces naturally in contrast to the polished exterior.
Joe’s demo begins with the rough log and each step is explained toward completion, along with information about the tools used.
“In 2001, my wife and I spent some creative time at the famed John C. Cambell Folk School near Brasstown, NC. Though Mary Ann did not get hooked on basket weaving, I was introduced to the wood lathe and my life changed,” Joe recalled.
After the first year of turning dry wood, he was pointed toward turning green logs by other turners in the club he joined, Palm Beach County Woodturners.
In fact, while he was able to attend a weekly workshop in Florida taught by the leaders in the club who were artists and world-class professional turners in their own right.
“Both Florida and New York have provided me with a great variety of unique wood to turn, and my skills have been honed by having an abundant supply. I enjoy finding and enhancing the artistic features in each piece I turn,” Joe explained.
This week’s demonstrations are part of a weekly event from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, sponsored by the Catskill Artisans’ Guild. For a complete event schedule, visit: www.pfmarket.org.
The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville. The market is five miles north of Margaretville/Arkville and eight miles south of Roxbury. For info: 845 586-3326.