Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Virgil Gary Maiden to Demonstrate Wood Turning on the Lathe at Kentucky Artisan Center Aug. 1

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 28, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
859/ 985-5448, ext. 230

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Virgil Gary Maiden, of Putney, will demonstrate woodturning on the lathe and talk with visitors about the process from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Born and raised in southeastern Kentucky, Maiden worked in coal mines. Upon retirement, he was looking for a hobby when he was given a small lathe for Father’s Day. He began to experiment, and after taking wood-turning classes at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, he began to see the beauty of wood come alive.

“I work with native hardwoods found in the woods in and around my home,” he said. “For me the challenge and reward in using a lathe is to take a piece of wood in the log form and begin to turn it to see what lies beneath the bark. The lathe allows me to maneuver a piece of wood to find and bring out something beautiful.”

Maiden creates a variety of bowls, vases and hollow forms, depending on the wood. He sometimes uses burls, (knots on trees) because they often have unique colors.


Virgil Gary Maiden alongside his work "Pet Urn" in the exhibit, "Turn, Turn, Turn" at the center.


Maiden also likes to work with cherry wood, shaping it to show its natural qualities and beauty. His work in the center’s current exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” is an urn made for pet remains turned from cherry with a threaded finial for closure.

“Before retiring I had never used a lathe,” Maiden said. “I am amazed by how much I love it!”

The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The center features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-turned Works by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Sept. 12. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at, or go to the center’s website at

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.