We are pleased to introduce a new member to our tour Siek Wassenaar
At an early age Siek became interested in woodworking and he used to take night school courses in Scarborough and Stouffville. The wood shop at Stouffville had a lathe and Siek asked the instructor to show him how to use it. His first attempt was a flying success. Sometime later he saw a turning demonstration at the Unionville Festival. The turner told him about a wood turning club- WGO- and invited him to check it out. He joined the club and whatever skills he has he learned from its members. After retiring from teaching chemistry at a community college he spent more time at the lathe.
He uses all native hardwoods and looks for pieces that stand out because of nice grain patterns, spalting or some miss formation caused by stress. He likes to make bowls, platters, lidded boxes, hollow forms such as vases. He makes urns for both animal and human remains. Pepper mills, salt shakers and pens are other popular items. Most items are treated with a clear finish but sometimes articles are coloured before a finish is put on them.
Siek's location is number 6 in our 2012 brochure