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Special Guest Visits Hillside

posted Dec 29, 2015, 9:36 AM by Hillside PTO

On Friday  December 11, Marcel Durette a wood turner from Pinardville came to Hillside Middle school to give turning demonstrations to the students.  Both Mrs.Sietz’s and Mr.LeBlanc’s classes attended the demos along with teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators.

Marcel demonstrated two types of turning, spindle turning and bowl turning. He created a snowman to demonstrate spindle turning and a small bowl out of cherry.  He brought many pieces of his work to show the students including a cowboy hat that was turned out of an 80 pound block of tiger maple. The hat was an instant hit with students and adults alike.

Mr.Durette, a lifelong Manchester resident, is a member of the Guild of New Hampshire woodworkers, the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and the Association of Quebec Woodturners (ATBQ). He started turning in the 80’s but really fell in love with the craft after taking a turning class at the Homestead woodworking school with Andy Motter. Eventually taking over for Andy after his death in in 2007. He now teaches several turning courses at the school.

Mr. McCafferty brought up the idea of starting an artist in residency program at Hillside. I contacted New England Association of Woodworking Teachers (NEAWT) to get a contact name for the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. The guild and NEAWT have been trying to get local woodworkers into schools to promote and demonstrate their crafts.I exchanged a few e-mails and within weeks it was planned

The day was a great success. The experience was great for the students it exposed them to a new craft and hopefully inspiring a new group of artists.

Hillside PTO,
Dec 29, 2015, 9:36 AM