Brookfield Craft Center and Nutmeg Woodturners League partner for charity


Brookfield Craft Center and the Nutmeg Woodturners League teamed up to make bowls for the Beads of Courage charity.  Beads of Courage is an arts-in-medicine supportive care program for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. 

This past month the volunteers from the Nutmeg Woodturners came to the Brookfield Craft Center’s woodturning studio for a “Learn to Turn” event that produced bowls to be donated and used for the children’s beads.  The beads are used by the children as meaningful symbols of courage and hope along their treatment journey.  President of the Woodturners League, Ken Rist said: “We are pleased so many of our members turned out for this event and we were able to turn out so many bowls.  We are grateful to be able to utilize the facilities of the Craft Center and to contribute our skills to this worthy cause.” 

The Nutmeg Woodturners League is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.  They promote woodturning as a craft and art form.  The primary goal of the League is to educate members and provide a meeting place for local wooturners where they can share ideas and techniques.  They meet at the Brookfield Craft Center on the second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, September, November).  All are welcome.

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center, incorporated in 1954 is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, painting, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors for children and adults taught by professional faculty. The summer “Hands on Art” program, is available for children ages 11-14 during summer months. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.

Photo from left to right:  Ken Rist,  Jim Degen, Jay Hockenberry