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FSU Exhibition Highlights Art of Woodturning, Local “Bodgers”

FSU Exhibition Highlights Art of Woodturning, Local “Bodgers”
“Wood 2007” on view Feb. 10–28 at FSU’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery

An exhibition at Frostburg State University’s Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery will take a closer look at how the ancient craft of woodturning is gaining modern-day popularity with a variety of area artists. Featuring an interesting mix of expressions in woodworking by craftspeople of all levels, including works created by the regional Quad-State Bodgers, “Wood 2007” will be on view Feb. 10 through Feb. 28 at the gallery, with a free, public reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

Woodturning is a form of woodworking that relies on a lathe, a tool that spins and shapes a block of wood into different objects. Bodgers were traditionally pole lathe turners who worked with green wood from the branches of felled trees, turning the branches into objects such as chair legs or candlesticks. Because bodgers relied on equipment that was easy to move, in the past, they would follow woodcutters into the woods and set up a workshop on site to create their crafts. Today, bodgers use different types of wood to make a variety of objects and keep the traditional craft alive through organizations.

“Wood 2007” will feature work of one such organization, the Quad-State Bodgers, a group of regional craftspeople who explore different sculptural forms and objects through woodturning. The Quad-State Bodgers meet on the third Saturday of every month in FSU’s Fine Arts building, room 101.

“Wood 2007” will also highlight pieces by cabinetmakers and other artists just beginning to explore woodworking. The opening reception on Feb. 10 will include a woodturning demonstration and provide more information about the craft’s presence in Western Maryland.

The Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery has free admission and is open to the public Sunday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, please contact FSU Department of Visual Arts at (301) 687-4797. To learn more about the Quad-State Bodgers, contact Mike McGowan at

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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