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June 17th Club Meeting and demo with Donna Banfield

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Donna Banfield Bio

It started with refinishing old furniture that I inherited from my grandfather.  Despite working full-time until age 96 as a furniture finisher, he just slapped coats of paint on his own furniture.  I could tell each decade by the color of the paint that I removed. One piece, an Armoire, had up to six coats of paint.  I easily finessed a heat gun to strip away each layer of paint.   A lawyer by day, I found myself rushing home from the office just to spend a few hours each night to work with the wood.  Once there, my pace slowed as I worked patiently and methodically.

My husband recalled my fascination with a woodturning demonstration at the Annual Fair of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  He thought I might enjoy woodturning, and surprised me with my first lathe and turning tools in 2001.

Many people come to a crossroad at some point in their lives. This was mine and I made the leap. I closed my private law practice at the end of 2003 to turn full-time.

My creations today are a reflection of my life. I live a life less ordinary, as do the trees with which I began.  Most of the wood that I harvest comes from trees that have fallen during storms or were subject to insect damage or urban development. I take what would have been the end of a majestic life in its natural state and give it new life – a life less ordinary.

Note: This demo is part of the June club meeting. The Club meeting starts at 6:00 pm June 17,2021. The demo will start at 6:30. The club meeting and demo will be held at WoodWorld AND be over a Zoom meeting. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to members and also be available here prior to the meeting/demo.


June 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


WoodWorld and Remote Zoom
13650 T I Blvd Ste 101
Dallas, TX 75243 United States
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