As the wood turns Truro man brings wood turn­ing to the Nova Sco­tia Provin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County - BY LYNN CURWIN

Things take shape in Lau­rie Can­ning’s hands.

The Truro man is a wood turner, and he demon­strated his craft dur­ing the Nova Sco­tia Provin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion.

“You never know, when you put a piece of wood on the lathe, what will be in­side, what it’s go­ing to look like,” he said.

Can­ning learned how to do wood turn­ing as a Grade 10 stu­dent in Parrs­boro.

“We had a great teacher – Jack Steeves,” he re­called. “I found it in­ter­est­ing and read a lot of books about it, and I’ve been do­ing it some­what ever since.”

Can­ning lived in Lower Onslow and worked as a heavy equip­ment me­chanic, but af­ter re­tir­ing he got more in­volved in wood turn­ing again. He now lives in Park­land re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, in Truro, and this year is the first time he’s pro­vided demon­stra­tions at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It’s a re­lax­ing hobby,” he said. “I don’t let it get too se­ri­ous. I mostly make things for peo­ple I know.

“I know a few other peo­ple who do this. At one time, not many women did it, but there are quite a few now.”

He’s al­ways happy to share in­for­ma­tion on wood turn­ing, and to lis­ten to sug­ges­tions from oth­ers.

“It’s nice to meet peo­ple, and some­body al­ways has a good idea.”

In wood turn­ing, a lathe and hand tools are used to cut shape out of wood

Items made on the lathe in­clude bowls, tool han­dles, knobs, rolling pins, boxes, legs for fur­ni­ture, urns, plat­ters, and chair seats.


Lau­rie Can­ning demon­strated wood turn­ing at the Nova Sco­tia Provin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion. He was set up on the ve­ran­dah of the Farm Equip­ment Mu­seum.

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