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Posted: July 15, 2011 6:48 p.m.

Wood crafters in Oxford today

Wood craftsman from around the Southeast are in Oxford today, and the public is invited.

Don and Patsy Russell will play host toa woodworking and woodturning gathering from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at their home, 2025 Gum Creek Road. Experts and vendors will both be in attendance and more than 100 people could attend, Patsy said.

Woodturning is where a block of wood is placed on a lathe, a machine tool that rotates, while various tools cut and shape the wood. Don has been woodturning for years and is a member of the Peach State Woodturners, peachstatewoodturners.com.

The Russells moved to Newton County in 1989 and hosted events every year for about 16 years. After a three year hiatus, the couple is welcoming the celebration back.

Don makes wooden lamps and Christmas tree ornaments on the lathe, but also does traditional woodworking, building furniture and other goods.

"It's just something he always wanted to do. He took shop in high school, and the teacher may have even let him teach the classes. It's something he loves," Patsy said of her husband.

Don's done woodturning demonstrations all around the country, including Las Vegas, and regularly teaches special workshops at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

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