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September 1-December 27, 2015 

Our 28th Member Exhibition features work by both established and emerging artists. 

Blind embossed cover of bullseye pattern with two rivers meeting by Betty Scarpino

Also on display are vintage lathes and reproductions of lathes from the Viking era to the late 1700s.

Also on exhibit:

Touch This exhibitionTouch This!
A family-friendly exhibition illustrates how woodturning works, and offers samples of wood to heft, sniff, and admire. Also see a history of turning, and vintage and reproduction lathes from the Viking era to the late 1700s.

Viking bow lathe by Richard Enstad

Around the Hus
Turned objects in everyday Scandinavian domestic life through
the early 1900s.

Viking-era lathe
by Richard Enstad

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AAW Gallery of Wood Art
222 Landmark Center, 75 5th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-484-9094
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This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota..

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The website was created with funding provided by the Saint Paul Cultural STAR grant program.


Third Sunday of each month will resume in October, with a presentation on the culture and traditions of Scandinavian bowls, by Angela Ryden Robins from 12-3 on Sunday the 18th.

Come and see fresh wood shavings fly as blocks of birch are turned on a power lathe into Scandinavian ale bowls. From celebrations to funerals, ale bowls were at the center of many social events in Scandinavian culture. Robins will share information on their place in Nordic culture as well as demonstrate the unique ways in which the bowls were created on the lathe. There will be a discussion of the history, design and finishing techniques of these unique wooden vessels. Visitors are invited to participate in an interactive painting activity and to try out the functionality of these time-tested forms.

Angela Robins is a Minneapolis-based woodworker and the recipient of a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts grant. She received funding to study traditional Scandinavian-style woodturning* with Minnesota artist Jim Sannerud. When not at the lathe, Robins is an instructor and program manager at Urban Boatbuilders, and traveled to Japan last summer to study traditional Japanese boatbuilding.

In the News

American Art Collector features "Creativity in Construction"

Read what the Pioneer Press has to say about our family-friendly "Touch This!" room!

Knight Arts on Art From the Lathe

Paper Darts on woodturning

MPR State of the Arts on The Teapot

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About the Gallery

Located in downtown Saint Paul's historic Landmark Center, the Gallery of Wood Art offers an often surprising and always engaging view of contemporary works created in wood.

Although all pieces on exhibit have been at least partially created on a lathe, the diversity of techniques, subjects, materials and ideas of each artist keeps each exhibit fresh and engaging.

The Gallery of Wood Art also features educational exhibits, a display of vintage lathes, and a gallery gift store offering turned items, books and DVDs.

The Gallery of Wood Art is sponsored by the American Association of Woodturners and has received additional assistance from the Saint Paul Cultural STAR program and the Minnesota State Arts Board.


About the American Association of Woodturners
International, non-profit, and now over 15,000 members strong, the American Association of Woodturners is dedicated to the advancement of woodturning, a specialized form of woodworking using the lathe. The AAW has over 325 local chapters in the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and Japan.

To find out more about the AAW, visit their website: www.woodturner.org

Members of the AAW include professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors, and wood and tool suppliers. The AAW publishes American Woodturner, sponsors the world's largest woodturning symposium, hosts an active online member's forum, and provides educational grants, insurance and more to its members. The AAW is dedicated to providing information and support to its members and others through publications, DVDs and more.

The over 300 local chapters of the AAW provide instruction, fellowship and networking for turners at all levels.

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