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Hi, my name is Derek Banke and welcome to my website: "Within the Grain" Woodturning and Carving.

I am a local artist who has lived in the Ottawa area for most of my adult years. I am a licensed carpenter who like many people jumped on the hightech rollercoaster in the late 90's, but have recently jumped back off.

I always enjoyed working with real wood... not particle board, MDF, melamine etc... but real wood. Oak, cherry, maple, walnut, pine and butternut, now you are talking... "REAL WOOD".

In March 2009 I joined the "Valley Woodturners", but since my lathe was on back order, attended several meetings prior to having the joy of displaying some of my own pieces. Wow, there sure are some fantastic woodturners in our club and community. The best part about it is they don't hide anything from you and during the monthly demonstrations are more than willing to show you the "tricks of the trade". With such a wide range of experience in every aspect of woodturning, you can't help but learn or see something new at every meeting.

I also joined the "Outaouais Wood Carvers" in 2009 and have done carvings in wood and soapstone, both medias providing hours of pleasure and rewarding results. I still can't believe the detail in some of the carvings the members are bringing in every month. We also have a monthly demonstration/explanation of carving techniques which is a real eye opener. Some of these people have been carving since before I was born... and are still carving with amazing details and skill.

The best part is that carving and woodturning compliment each other. I am now making pieces using both skills and having a lot of fun doing it.

Anyway, I'm hooked and have lots of wood/soapstone waiting for my chisels & knives to make them into something special, turned and carved with a joyful spirit.

I hope you enjoy browsing through my website.

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day,


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