Make a bowl, buy a bowl, fill a bowl

Woodturners offer up bowls for food bank

By Josh Howald

If you purchase a bowl on Aug. 1, you're helping fill up another bowl.

Pat Stewart of the Kincardine Ministerial Food Bank, left, with Carl Durance, president of the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild. (Josh Howald photo)


The Grey-Bruce Woodturners are following the lead of the national woodturner's association and taking part in the Empty Bowls project this year. Essentially, they have created 36 bowls from various kinds of wood and have donated them to the Kincardine Food Bank. The Food Bank will then sell those bowls to the public on Saturday, and put the money towards feeding local families in need.

"It's the first time we have done something like this in Kincardine, so we're trying it out to see how it works," said Don Turcotte of the Grey-Bruce Woodturners Guild. "One hundred per cent of the profit goes to the food bank, so we made the bowls and we're hoping we can raise more than $1,000.  We think the food bank is an excellent place for this money to go."

The food bank will sell the bowls on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Woodturners Guild, which is the old fire hall by Victoria Park, at the intersection of Queen Street and Durham Market South.

The initiative has been done in past years at the national and international level. This is the first time the local guild has adopted a mission from the parent association. The handcrafted bowls are made of cherry, ash, hickory, red elm, maple and birch, among others.

"They are real nice bowls," said Turcotte, who created one of the bowls from the borough of a tree. "And they will be economically priced."

The Kincardine and District Ministerial Food Bank is open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Anglican Church of the Messiah Parish Hall on Russell Street in Kincardine.