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Lloyd Beckman, 68, turns a piece of wood on a lathe at his Sterling home. Beckman began dabbling in the art form 12 years ago, when he retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. He and fellow retiree Tom Boerjan, 59, of Rock Falls were introduced by a mutual friend and became friends themselves through their shared passion for woodworking. AP photo
Woodworking gives sense of satisfaction
PRINCETON — The Woodcrafters Unlimited group, which meets in Princeton, is under the direction of group president Bob Folty of Tonica. He’s been woodcrafting since shop class in high school. His favorite part about the hobby is getting to see a finished product when it’s completed and getting the satisfaction of saying, “I made that.” “It just feels rewarding when you finish a project,” he said. Over the years, Folty has crafted many types of works, but out of all of them he enjoys creating jigs the most. He explained that jigs are a type of custom-made tool used to control the location or motion of another tool. Folty said woodcrafting is one thing in life that keeps him moving. He said the toughest thing about it is setting your mind to start a project. “If my body could keep up with my mind I’d be a millionaire,” he said. “I’m always thinking about things to do, but it’s getting up and around to doing them that holds me back.” — Princeton Bureau Chief Goldie Currie
The Associated Press
STERLING (AP) — Lloyd Beckman and Tom Boerjan have much in common. Both are retirees with extra time on their hands. Both have the ability to take a simple piece of wood and transform it into something beautiful. Beckman, 68, of Sterling, and Boerjan, 59, of Rock Falls, were introduced by a mutual friend and became friends themselves through their shared passion for woodworking. Beckman was a member of the Quad Cities Woodturners Club, which Boerjan later joined. The two now share tips and insights on their craft. Both say using a lathe to make wooden bowls, platters, vases and other household items is therapeutic. Beckman began dabbling in the art form 12 years ago, when he retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. He made a dining room table and chair, but it took a long time, so he started using a lathe to make smaller creations. He since has made a large circular serving platter, serving bowls and vases. The work takes hours of patience and careful carving. It took Beckman 20 to 25 hours to make the wooden platter, for instance. “Then you get down to the finish, you put all the work in it, and the finish is what everybody sees and that’s really the hardest part,” he said. Also among his handiwork are tiny wooden wine glasses with a ring around each stem, meant for a bride and a groom. It also took Beckman 25 hours to make a small, intricately carved wooden Christmas tree ornament. He gets most of his wood to make the platters and bowls locally. “When I first started turning, I thought, where am I going to find wood?” Beckman said. “Now I got so much wood I don’t know what to do with it.” His pieces are on display in galleries in Kewanee and the Quad Cities, and at The Next Picture Show in Dixon. His woodworking hobby keeps him in the shop and “out of his wife’s hair,” Beckman joked. Boerjan always has had a flair for the arts. The retired Rock Falls High School teacher taught industrial arts, math and computers for more than 30 years. “I was looking for a hobby related to woods,” he said. “I put up a shop in the back of my yard, didn’t really know what I was going to do out of it.” He got his own lathe in February, and began turning small items. He continues to try to improve his skills, he said. Boerjan makes colorful serving bowls and vases. His bowls are defined by a colorful center row, called a feature ring, which is created by taking small pieces of wood and attaching them to form a ring, then attaching the rings to create a vase or a bowl. “Lloyd’s been great as far as a mentor and someone sharing his experience with me,” Boerjan said. Woodworking gives Boerjan a sense of pride and accomplishment, he said. “I call it sawdust therapy,” Beckman added. “Just to go out there and make chips, it’s fun and it’s also challenging, and then you end up hopefully with a piece if you don’t blow it up.”
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