TIFTON — Dave Richards of the Little River Woodturners Guild will be on the porch of the Plough Gallery Saturday from 2-6 p.m. to share his unique woodturning technique. Members of the guild will be present to discuss and demonstrate their craft, and Richards will have a selection of work available for sale.
Richards has developed his own unique, mind-bending turning style that transforms discarded wood into multitextured bowls, vases and vessels. He currently has a few pieces for sale at the Tifton gallery.
Woodturning is a creative but potentially dangerous hobby. Lathes can rotate wood at 3,000 rotations per minute, and while they spin, woodturners use specially designed gouges to carve and shape the wood into smooth vessels. The vessels are then coated with a thick resin, but some woodturners stray away from this trend by leaving natural edges, not using thick resin and embracing the natural knots and divots in wood.
Richards is one of the turners who has developed his own taste in how wood can be transformed. The demonstration and trunk show is free and open to the public.
Jared Ziegenbein’s interactive exhibit “Highly Functioning Ceramics” will also be available for viewing. Guests are welcome to use soft mallets to create music with his hanging bowls. The gallery hosts a variety of ceramic, glass, fiber and photography works from artists across the country. In the main hall, Jack Deese’s show “Timeshare” is on display.
The Phough Gallery is located at 216 W. Eighth St. in Tifton. More information on this event and future events can be found at www.ploughgallery.com.