DENVER - Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has partnered with internationally renowned, Robert Sorby Tools of England, to present a unique demonstration on woodturning.

Woodturning differs from most other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Many intricate shapes and designs can be made by turning wood and this artful form of woodworking has experienced a recent surge in popularity in the United States.

The woodturning demonstration held at Rockler will be a rare opportunity for the general public to hear directly from an internationally acclaimed woodturning expert, and is a great event for all skill levels. Rockler is underwriting this event so there will be no charge to attend.

"We're thrilled to have a Robert Sorby woodturning expert visit us," Rockler store manager, Rich Johnson, said. "Having a chance to see and learn from a turner of this caliber is a special opportunity. Both our staff and our customers are eager to pick up new tips and techniques. And for those who haven't tried woodturning before, it's a great opportunity to see what it's all about."

According to Johnson, woodturning is a growing hobby.

"Access to the specialized tools and supplies needed to get into turning has vastly improved in terms of both availability and cost," Johnson said. "We're seeing many more new customers coming in to buy lathes and other turning supplies. We've responded by increasing our assortments and we now carry hundreds of turning blanks, hardware, tools and supplies to make everything from bowls to pens."

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