Bell Wood Turners at Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival

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Woodturning, colorful flowers and plants, and warm weather.

Bell Wood Turners work
The work of the Bell Wood Turners on sale at the Spring Garden Festival. (Click to see larger view)

What a great combination for the Spring Garden Festival at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Fla.

More than 6,000 are expected to attend the two-day event. The last day of the event is tomorrow, Sunday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I really enjoyed helping people try out my Native American style flutes and try on my wearable art.

large slab of tree trunk
This beautiful wood is a slice of a tree that was destined for the dump until Paula and Florida Crotchwood cut it into slices. (Click to see larger image.)

The Bell Wood Turners had a tent, and many of our members had their work for sale — from bowls and pens to vases and closed vessels.

Every time we had a demonstration on the lathe, we drew spectators who were amazed to see a block of wood turn into a bowl with a spray of wood chips.

Next to us was Florida Crotchwood that uses a mobile sawmill to transform huge tree trunks into slabs of wood to be used for counter tops, table tops or fireplace mantels.

We had a great day of sharing our enthusiasm about wood, and we recruited a few new members for the Bell Wood Turners.

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