70lbs of Manzanita Madness

Manzanita In Progress

Just released “From Brush to Bowl” illustrates the transition of a 70.5lb manzanita burl blank into a truly individual bowl. The size and mass of this spinning chunk of scrub tree root brought out the challenge in turning. The mastery of manzanita madness may take years, but we’re determined to get there. Every turning brings on a new shape, a new balance of colors, and a unique appearance.

For educational and artistic purposes, Artisans is creating these demonstration videos. A window into turning!



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Our Debut at Olana


Olana view of house from lake by Larry Lederman

Olana View of House Photo Credit: © Larry Lederman, 2010, all rights reserved

Artisans of the Valley is proud that our turnings are now available at the Olana Museum Store. Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region.  It is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state.  The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, development and improvement of Olana State Historic Site.

Details about our debut will be released shortly, please contact Rachael Tice at the museum store for more information. Olana State Historic Site * 5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 *  1+518-828-0135

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Welcome to Artisans Turnings

Welcome to Artisans Turnings – Artisans Turnings is a feature website for artistic turnings produced by Artisans of the Valley. Although incorporated into furniture making turning traverses well beyond the barriers of table legs, finials, and spindles. Master Craftsmen Michael Pietras and Eric M. Saperstein decided to create this site dedicated to their personally spun creations. The acquisition of a Powermatic 3520B lathe and an assortment of new equipment vastly expanded their capabilities, providing an opportunity to explore larger, heavier, and more complex turnings.

Eric and Mike are now sharing their 2013 & 2014 pieces through Fortuna Fine Arts of New York, NY. Information about gallery events and tours of their artwork will be published shortly. Please explore the site for more information about our artists, our work, and our upcoming events.

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