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Whether you're interested in purchasing stunning one-of-a-kind wood-turned tableware or learning how to make it yourself, Virginia lays claim to one of the industry's most valuable natural resources.

Longtime wood-turner Barbara Dill was recently featured in the winter edition of American Woodturner for being the first person to calculate the variables and the outcomes of multi-axis spindle-turning. "Multi-axis work happens when you change the axis on the spindle and you create something that is not symmetrical," Dill explains. "I was obsessed for a year and a half, waking up every morning saying, 'I wonder what would happen if' …"

You may want to have a go at it yourself. In the last year, the Visual Arts Center has become equipped with six Powermatic lathes, carving utensils, saws and two additional instructors so that students can learn how to turn wood.

Dill's original pieces are available at Crossroads Gallery. Make an appointment to visit Dill in her studio by calling 749-8565 or visiting


Take intermediate wood-turning with Dill at the Visual Arts Studio for a two-month course beginning Jan. 30 or sign up for a Saturday beginner's workshop Feb. 9 or March 8. Visit www.visarts.org for more information.


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