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Woodturning competition winners to be exhibited

Woodturning isn't a lost art, and prime examples will be on display through Oct. 15 at the Forest Heritage Center at Beavers Bend State Park in southeastern Oklahoma.

Woodturning involves a large lathe and as the wood turns on the lathe, bowls, plates and other utensils are created. The Masters at Work woodturning competition earlier this month featured nine woodturning clubs that donated more than 500 bowls, and exhibits featuring the winners will be on display until October 15. 

The center's Calista Stephens said the competititon is in conjunction with the the Empty Bowls program and the wooden bowls will be used for dinners hosted by local organizations to stock the shelves of local food pantries. Stephens said the bowls will be used to generate about $10,000 for the fight against hunger.

The Forest Heritage Center Museum houses historical documents, antique forestry tools, wood art, homestead memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals, and other materials pertaining to forestry. 

Visitors to the museum will view 14 large dioramas (painted by Harry Rossoll of Atlanta, Ga., the artist who created Smokey Bear) that cover prehistoric forests, Caddo Indians, papermaking in the South, 1940s lumbering, and forest appreciation. Other exhibits include the Forest Wood Art Gallery, chainsaw carvings, a 100-year-old log cabin from the Kiamichi Mountains, and traditional woodworking tools dating from the earliest tools used in the harvesting of timber from the mountains.

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