Artist Tom HastingWorking with wood has always been a part of my life. Growing up, my father, who was a cabinet maker, taught me many different phases of woodworking; starting as a young child old enough to carry a hammer.

It has been with a sense of pride, that I could build something for my home and for my children and their families that was both functional as well as decorative in our homes that would last for many years. Bookcases, dressers, a gun cabinet, tables and for my first grandchild, a dressing table that can be used later on as a dresser and bookcase.

Upon retiring, I have found that woodworking has become a major part of my life in the form of woodturning. I have learned to turn beautifully grained blocks of wood into pens, bowls, bottle stoppers and pepper mills to name a few. Looking at a piece of wood and deciding just what is the best use for it can be a real challenge. There are many varieties of wood to work with, and its always exciting to make that discovery.

I also enjoy teaching others, young and old, who would like to learn a fun and fulfilling hobby. I have started a small business on the central coast of Oregon in Newport, that includes instruction where you can “learn to turn”. So if you find yourself near the central coast of Oregon, stop by Hasting Coastal Woodworks, where the coffee is on, say hi, get a tour of my shop and see what an exciting hobby this is!