Masters at Work: Woodturning Competition & Exhibit

Have you ever wondered how a piece of wood is turned into a work of art? Visit the annual Masters at Work woodturning competition and watch the artists create beautiful toys for children in need. 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 9- 11.

The woodturners will participate in two competitions on Friday, September 9 and two competitions on Saturday, September 10. The winner will be announced at a reception on Sunday, September 11 at 1:00pm which kicks off the exhibit opening.

Other activities that will take place on September 9 and 10 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.

The exhibit, which opens on September 11 and runs through October 16, will feature toys from the competition and toys donated by the competitors’ woodturning clubs. Also featured will be part of the Jim and Barbara Wilkerson Collection of Wagon Master Originals detailed hand carved miniature houses.

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.

Exhibit Open to the Public: September 9th - October 16th, 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
For more information contact the Forest Heritage Center Museum at 580-494-6497 (office) or click to email the museum.