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Glendale Woodturners Guild Lathe

1999 Various Artists various woods including black walnut, cherry, maple, ebony, purpleheart, teak, and white ash 28 x 36 x 17 in. (71.1 x 91.4 x 43.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Glendale Woodturners Guild, California 2000.38A-Q Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"When a group bounces a number of ideas around, positive participation will tend to produce better ideas and creative solutions than separate individuals achieve." Bill Haskell, Glendale Woodturners Guild member

Luce Center Label

The Glendale Woodturners Guild in Los Angeles is a part of the American Association of Woodturners. Inspired by the "collaborative challenge" at the 1999 AAW symposium, thirty-two members of the guild decided to undertake a group project to build a lathe completely from turned wood. Over six months they designed and crafted each individual part, including the motor, chisels, and nuts and bolts, using a total of thirty-one different hardwoods. The lathe is mechanically accurate and demonstrates the combined skill and craftsmanship of all those involved in the project.


Object - art tool - chisel

Object - tool - lathe

Occupation - craft - woodworker

decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ash

wood - cherry

wood - ebony

wood - maple

wood - purpleheart

wood - teak

wood - walnut

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