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August 11th, 2009
Wood-turner uses mesquite

Example of Dorn’s turned bird houses.


Gruene Market Days’ featured artist for August is wood turner Eric Dorn. Originally from Kansas, Dorn began woodworking while stationed in the army at Fort Carson in Colorado.

He started out turning urns and vessels and gradually moved on to bowls. After moving to Texas ten years ago, Dorn started using mesquite wood. Mesquite, one of the hardest and heaviest woods, has a dark finish and a striking pattern in the grain.

The birdhouses came from his fascination with nature. In spite of their turned details, they look surprisingly organic.

“The natural shape of a tree limb inspired me to turn my first birdhouse,” Dorn said. ” I continue to experiment with different woods and am constantly intrigued by all the possibilities.”

Dorn’s turned wood pieces are just one example of the arts and crafts available at Gruene Market Days. The market is located in the Historic District on the third full weekend of each month Feb.- Nov. from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The next market days are Aug. 15-16.

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