Masters at Work: Woodturning Competition & Exhibit

Have you ever wondered how a piece of wood is turned into a work of art? The Masters at Work: Woodturning Competition is partnering with the Empty Bowls program to raise awareness and funding for area food ministries. Demonstrators will compete in four different bowl turning categories. In addition to the competition, the event offers an art exhibit and a variety of other festivities at the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center in Beaver’s Bend State Park, near Broken Bow, on September 8- 10.

The woodturners will participate in two competitions on Friday, September 8 and two competitions on Saturday, September 9. The winner will be announced at a reception on Sunday, September 10 at 1:30 pm which kicks off the exhibit opening.

Other activities that will take place on September 8 and 9 include and a basket-weaving workshop, Dutch Oven cooking demonstration and an outdoor painting class. Oklahoma Forestry Services will have foresters on hand both days to visit with people about their tree and forest concerns.

Demonstrators will provide artistic pieces to help fight hunger by designing and turning four different types of bowls. The turnings created by the competition will help benefit the one in eight Americans who struggle with food insecurity every day.

“The Forest Heritage Center has worked diligently to increase awareness of woodturning as an art form,” said Zook. “While raising awareness of the Empty Bowls program, we hope to bring the art form to an even greater level, by providing significant benefits to people in need.”

Exhibit Open to the Public: September 8th - October 15th

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

 For more information about all of the events call the Forest Heritage Center at (580) 494-6497 or email at  This event is made possible through the Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Forestry Services and Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.