Detail Oriented: Fine Woodturning by Drew Sutor

by Bella Erakko

Visitors to the Gallery often pick up Drew Sutor’s lathed pieces, wondering out loud how he does it. Once a mailman dropping off the daily tidings picked up a Sutor rolling pin and envisioned how he had made such an exquisite inlay.

Drew opts for function and beauty, but there is a debate about rolling pins. They are so intricately designed, visitors ponder—should they be used with sticky pie dough and baking powder biscuits? One theory is that usage adds to its heirloom value: “Oh yes, that’s the rolling pin grandma used.” Clearly, Sutor’s pieces are destined for inheritance longevity, used or unused.

With a wide variety of woods—maple, oak, walnut, black pine, ambrosia maple, bloodwood—he also creates those ever-so-practical tiny dishes for holding watches, loose coins, earrings. For wine lovers, he specializes in a curved arm that slides over the bottleneck, and allows two wine glasses to be suspended from either side, making an excellent anniversary or wedding gift. He also offers vases, large bowls, business card holders, and wooden wine bottle stoppers.

All Drew Sutor’s inlay mastery gives each piece a uniqueness that delights Gallery visitors, often resulting in a wrapped piece to take home. ~ ~ ~ An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 10, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. A piece of Drew’s work will be given away in a free drawing held at 6:00. This reception coincides with Hannibal’s Second Saturday Gallery Night.