Gary Dahrens (Lafayette, OR)

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Gary Dahrens (Lafayette, OR)
Married 48 years, father of 3, and grandfather of 7, I was fortunate enough to have been born in Oregon's wonderland. Wood has always been a big part of my life. My Dad started out logging and later worked for the U.S. Forest Services. We had a home shop and as children were encouraged to make things. Mom was still doing water colors at age 93. I have been a finish carpenter for most of my life and love working with wood. My first exposure to wood turning was at a craft fair. I was impressed with being able to start and finish a piece while it was still on the lathe. Once I started turning wood I was "Hooked". A part of turnig I did not expect was the discovery of such beauty in what was a gnarly old chunk of wood. I don't feel like I "create". I think that's God's job. Mine is to expose His beautiful work in an artist way. I am passionate about turning and my only regret is not having started earlier. I am looking forward to working with hollow forms, piercing, burning and adding carving and color to my work. I hope you will enjoy the adventure with me. Gary Dahrens
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