Wood Turning/Wood Turners

DEFINITION: Working or "turning" wood by rotating it on a lathe and scraping or cutting it with chisels held tangent to the direction of rotation.  

Rude (pronounced "Rudy") Osolnik taught woodturning and other woodworking techniques for many years at Berea College, and was renowned for his own elegant work. He pioneered the tapered candlesticks that continue to be a staple of the Berea College wood shop production, and was also the developer of distinctive turned "weed pots" and rough-edged bowls.
Several items created by Osolnik are in the permanent collections of the Kentucky Historical Society.