Going with the grain

John Edwards tunes a harp he fashioned and dedicated to the J-Pod. 

From instruments to works of art to decorative trinkets and more practical pieces, a wide selection of woodworkers and their creations were on hand Nov. 3-4 during the 13th annual Woodworkers Show at the American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26 building.

Robert Niclas of Sequim brought a couple of six-stringed electric violins and said they were unique because the lowest string is four notes above the lowest note found on the cello, giving them enormous range. Seattle violinist Geoffrey Castle is well-known for performing on them, Niclas said.

Another instrument was a 27-string harp by John Edwards. The top, made to look like an orca, and the base as the sea mammal’s tail, was dedicated to the J-Pod. 

Edwards said he’s seen three orcas in the wild and had eye contact with one of them, and he believes he has a connection to the threatened species. The orca harp, which was the beginning of an “orcastra,” is made out of Koa wood from Hawaii, he said.

While more experienced woodworkers were prominent, there were younger and learning crafters on the show floor. Among them were Sarah Rogers and Sasha Mosier, Port Townsend High School seniors, who held down the combined booth of their school along with the woodshop class of Chimacum High School. 

The classes brought a wide variety of completed projects to the show, such as mallets, tool boxes, cabinets, a coffee table and many more selections.

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