Friday, April 13, 2012

It's All Tim Yoder's Fault

So here we are in the middle of rural Virginia turning and carving away but how did we get from musical instrument repairs to woodturner? When we look back on it we smile, look towards the west, and say thank you Tim Yoder and your PBS show Woodturning Workshop.
You see Steve would work till about 6 and me till about 8pm. Tuesday night was pizza night in NY. I would pick it up on the way home and we would sit and eat in front of the TV. I know boring but after a long intense day of listening to clarinets, trumpets, violins and the likes there of all we wanted to do was watch mindless TV. Well who would have thought that while channel surfing that evening we would find Tim on Create TV. Right away we were hooked. Tuesday evenings were date night with Tim and pizza. Mindless TV now became thought provoking.
After several episodes Steve was eager to get a lathe of his own. It was nearing Christmas and I knew he didn't need another tie for Christmas so I said go and get a lathe. Who would have thought that he would take me up on that offer. Next thing I knew there was a beginners Delta Wood Lathe being put together in the basement. Every gift after that had something to do with woodturning. There were chisels, grinding wheels, sharpening stones and of course wood. After all when you live in NY you can't just go out and find a fallen tree to turn with.
And so that is how it all began in front of the TV. Neat story right? I can't find Tim on TV down here yet but he does have some cool YouTube videos. I found The Joy of Woodtuning with Tim Yoder today and it is not only about turning but displaying Tim's humorous side. Love it. We haven't met Tim in person yet but you never can tell what the future may hold. After all who would have thought that we would be in Virginia with The WoodArt Studio.
Oh and on a side limb, we just added over 30 more pieces to the Studio Gallery. Lots of holidays coming up so don't forget to go natural with a piece of wood. More pictures are always available upon request.
Until next we meet…Debbie, wife of The WoodArt Studio artist Steve says use the right branch.


  1. great story, Debbie! Just goes to show you never know when inspiration will strike! (and mindless TV is not always so mindless)

  2. Thanks evscott and your right about never knowing when. We try to keep our minds open. Please keep following us or better yet become a member.

  3. This just in from a Tim Yoder email:

    "Steve's work is excellent and I really like his variety of styles.Very nice carving and wood burning.You can tell people that Steve is Woodturning Workshop approved!" Tim Yoder.

    Thanks Tim.