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THE MAN, THE CITIZEN, THE CONSERVATIONIST, THE BOWLMAKER
Harry Nohr Woodturners was formed in 2008. Members are interested in learning and teaching about
woodturning. The name, Harry Nohr, was chosen to honor the father of modern woodturning, Harry Nohr.
Bowl Maker; Born in Waupaca, Wisconsin of Danish emigrant parents, Nohr's first foray into craftsmanship began
while he was a U.S. soldier in France: he sold vases crafted from empty ammunition shells and parts from
German guns and French airplanes. Back in the States, Nohr spent his first career as the postmaster in Mineral
Point, Wisconsin, from 1949-1966. In 1959 he took up wood turning and continued making bowls into his
retirement. He created his bowls and sold them out of his home at 307 High Street, Mineral Point. His process
included coating a bowl-shaped block of wood in wax, which he then wrapped in newspaper and stored in a
humidity and temperature controlled room for two years. After unwrapping the block of wood, Nohr cut it to a
uniform thickness by hand on a lathe and finished it by baking it and covering it with epoxy. Nohr used wood from
more than 20 native trees, and found that the burl of the tree produced the most aesthetically pleasing designs.
He won awards at various design shows and art fairs and was featured in an ABC television program called "With
These Hands" (1971). He also served on the Executive Council of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. View
examples of his work elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org.
[Source: Whyte, Bertha K. Craftsmen of Wisconsin. Racine, Wisconsin: Western Company, Inc., 1971.]
Harry Nohr Woodturners Club
is part of the 300th Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners
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