Masters at Work: Woodturning Competition & Exhibit

Wood turning competition to provide toys for kids in need

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, Sept. 14- 15, 2018. This year’s beneficiaries include organizations that provide toys to children who are undergoing difficult situations.

“The Masters at Work competition is a great time to visit the Forest Heritage Center Museum and enjoy watching the artists at work,” said State Forester George Geissler. “We’re excited that the artists will be creating toys this year for kids who need help.”

Toy Makers of Hugo, Oklahoma, will receive the toys created through the competition, as well as hundreds of toys that the participants have been working to make over the past six months. The toys will be distributed by Toy Makers to organizations that use them to provide comfort and help children in challenging situations better cope.

Additionally, each of the competitors’ local woodturning clubs has been working to make spin tops that will be donated to Doctors Without Borders through the Central Oklahoma Woodturning Association. Several thousand tops are expected to be donated to the organization, which uses them to help put children who are undergoing medical procedures at ease.

The woodturners will participate in two competitions on Friday, Sept. 14 and two competitions on Saturday, Sept. 15. The winner will be announced at a reception on Sunday, Sept. 116 at 1:30 p.m. which kicks off the exhibit opening.

 Other activities that will take place on Sept. 14 and 15 include 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.

2018 Exhibit Open to the Public: September 14th - October 21st

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.