Turned-wood wonders at library

Apr 07, 2014
Vessels and other wood-turned work by Peter McCrea are on view this month at Thomaston Public Library.

Thomaston — Wood-turned vessels created by Peter McCrea of Thomaston are on display throughout the month of April at Thomaston Public Library, 60 Main St./Route 1.

McCrea uses fresh local wood to create objects that may be functional, such as toys, lidded boxes, whimsical pieces, kitchen tools, doll-house scale miniatures, serving bowls and urns; but more often tend toward decorative vessels with vivid natural color, grain and live bark rims. Burls, a form of unusual growth in Black Cherry, Sugar and Silver Maple and Quaking Aspen, create a very desirable material for decorative turnings. Ambrosia Maple, the local Red Maple that has been invaded by a tiny beetle, is another desirable material for decorative objects.

Wood-turning involves the use of a lathe and hand-held sharp tools. Since wood changes its shape upon drying, most of McCrea's work is twice-turned, with a six-month drying interval between the initial forming of a heavy-walled shape and the final turning and finishing.

More of McCrea's work can be seen at Once A Tree in Camden and Archipelago in Rockland. Thomaston Public Library is located in the old Academy Building; parking is in the rear.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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