Linda Ferber has been turning for over twenty-two years and enjoys the creative possibilities and personal challenges woodturning provides. The opportunity to try woodturning presented itself back when her Dad had an auction including his shop equipment. Linda purchased his lathe, thinking that with this one piece of equipment she could create with wood. With no previous experience with a lathe, she took a bowl turning class and found the local chapter of the AAW. Looking back that one impulse purchase at an auction has made a big impact on her life.

Linda is a Vice-President of the Minnesota Woodturning Association. She serves on AAW Committees Women in Turning (WIT) and Youth Committee. She is the co-leader of the WIT Virtual Exchange.

Artist statement
I have early memories of working on craft projects, mostly revolving around spending
time with family.
I love to make items that capture a moment or emotion. The first part of the process is the
material and shape, selecting the wood, turning the shape. The final step is the application
using woodturning and applying color to bowls and pin jewelry.
Inspiration is drawn from my surroundings as well as memories. It is making a
connection to these experiences and attempting to interpret them through the shape and
color of a piece.

Carving Mushrooms (Hands-on)

Linda Ferber

“Mark making” is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures that are made visible as a manifestation of applied or gestural energy. It is the gestural “language” of the artist. Texture and pattern are terms that describe various decorative elements. A pattern is a visual element that repeats, such as plaid or stripes, whereas texture can be felt, such as the surface of a brick or a piece of burlap. With carving basics today, I hope to inspire you to experiment and explore new techniques. Express yourself with energy and individuality. Start by making sample boards, getting familiar with your tools to improve your skill, and clarify your marks using turned mushrooms as a canvas.

Off Center Jewelry (Hands-on)

Linda Ferber

Participants will turn a small pendant from remnants of end grain spindle projects. Spindle turning basics will be covered and a simple jig to turn off-center will be introduced. Tool, equipment use and wood selection will be covered. Keeping in mind small does not necessarily mean fast, because attention to detail at this scale is critical.