Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Woodturning on a Lathe Demonstrated by Greg Kirkland at Kentucky Artisan Center
On Saturday, July 5, Greg Kirkland of Elkhorn, will demonstrate how he turns wood with a lathe from 10:30 – 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Greg specializes in bowls and will be turning them on Saturday, from hardwoods into a variety of shapes.
Greg Kirkland has worked with wood most of his life. This self-taught artist shares a bond with the wood he turns, drawing the inner beauty out of each piece as it is shaped. There is a delicate balance at hand with the wood turning process. If conditions are not right, pieces can crack or break and the artist has to start over. Through patience, practice, and trial and error, Greg has learned how to work with the nature of different hardwood and strives to enhance the beauty of the grain and patterns found in the wood he uses.
Greg has a natural affinity for creating exquisite and one-of-a-kind pieces, including functional bowls and vases from fallen trees found all across the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Each piece of turned wood illustrates the soil and history of the tree from which it came.
Greg is a member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing program and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Turned wooden items by Greg Kirkland are regularly found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 975 Walnut Meadow Road, just off Interstate 75 at exit 77 in Berea. The Center’s exhibits, shopping, and travel information areas are all open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the café from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from 100 counties across the Commonwealth. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the Center’s web site at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet.