My step-dad, the blind woodturner

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by flutterbee, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    I had posted before about my stepdad who has a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and is blind. He is a woodturner and his work is amazing. When he started going to woodturning meetings held monthly in Columbus, OH, no one wanted to talk to him. It's like they were afraid of him. Then a well-known woodturning artist presented at one of the meetings where Dennis had brought in a peppermill he had turned. She highlighted it to everyone and everyone's attitude changed.

    Anyway, there's a lot more to the story, but I'll let you read for yourself. He's updated his website. If you click on the Articles link, you'll find articles about him that appeared in the local woodturning newsletter, as well as an article that appeared in Woodturning magazine that is published in 60 countries.

    In addition, he has a page on

    Those christmas decorations (or something similar), for example, take his sighted mentor about 30 minutes to an hour to complete and he sells them for $250. The same work takes Dennis all day to do because of his disability. But, this really is a passion for him and he spends every free moment - and then some - in his workshop turning.

    Some of you had asked for updates, so I thought I would share.
  2. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    OMG those are beautiful.
  3. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    He does such beautiful work! From reading the articles, it's obvious how much he enjoys his work. Thank you for sharing this!
  4. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    That is so wonderful. Wowwwww....

  5. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    His pieces are absolutely gorgeous!!! Blind or not those are great accomplishments but the fact that he is blind just makes them even more precious. I will definately be purchasing a piece or two once we get caught up. I think I want everything he has listed! LOL
  6. everywoman

    everywoman Active Member

    I'm impressed.
  7. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    What absolutely beautiful work. I'd love to buy some of his stuff and, hopefully, one day I'll again be able to.