Members of Palmetto Woodturners demonstrated the craft of woodturning on the opening day of the South Carolina State Fair; unfortunately, an untimely hurricane forced closure of the Fair on day two.  In addition to the opening day demonstration, several members of PWT participated in the Fair on their own by submitting works of art or craft to be judged in the several categories within the Fine Arts and the Home and Craft Divisions.  PWT members Cameron Porter, Jim Nelson, Jim Waterbury, Randy Grant, and Gerald Starnes all received awards for their work.

Additionally, PWT member David Pietras ably assisted his wife Teresa in exhibiting a textile piece. Teresa’s textile piece won and was tastefully displayed on a table built by David, who, in addition to be a woodturner, builds custom made furniture.

Photographs of some of the works are presented below.

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  • 003Jim Nelson - Spiral Stemmed Goblet
  • 004Jim Nelson - Bandsawn T Rex
  • 010Jim Waterbury - Basket Illusion
  • 011Jim Waterbury - Kaleidoscope
  • 005Jim Nelson - Toolbox
  • 012Jim Waterbury - Clock
  • 002Cameron Porter - "Sea Turtle"
  • 008Gerald Starnes - Platter
  • 001Cameron Porter - "One Dozen Maple Donuts"
  • 006Randy Grant - Nest of Bowls
  • 013David and Teresa Pietras

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PWT members David Fellows and Jim Waterbury have spent much time working with and mentoring students at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in areas of woodworking and woodturning.  Several of their students entered work in the Fair competition and several were recognized for their merit.  David Fellows has provided photographs of several of these pieces.

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