Woodturner Ben Kandel
Date: 7/26/2013 Album ID: 1684848
Photos by Shane Mercer
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Moorhead woodturner Ben Kandel, 23, create bowls, pens, kitchen utensils and more. With his sister, Anni, he operates TurningPro.
The Russian olive wood bowl pictured here at the Unglued store in Fargo was created by Ben Kandel of Moorhead. Kandel sells his wood-turned works under the brand name TurningPro. Iím really not as good with measuring stuff, Kandel said, and I think thatís why I like (wood turning) so much because you donít have to measure, you just do it. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Some of Ben Kandel's works have a more finished look than others. For the piece pictured here, Kandel left a rougher, more natural-looking edge. Kandel finds some of his raw material while riding his bike around town. I like being able to take something from the curb and make something useful out of it, he said. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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A wood piece rests in a red Craftsman toolbox in Ben Kandel's shop in the basement of his Moorhead home. In addition to wood, the 23-year-old also creates turned art from deer antlers. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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This cylindrical box with lid is displayed at Unglued on Broadway in Fargo. Ben Kandel's work is also for sale in the TurningPro online shop on Etsy.com. Along with more generalized items like this box, Kandell also accepts custom orders. One customer requested  a cone shape with a handle that was to be used in cooking ice cream cones. ďThat was one of my favorite things that Iíve been asked to do,Ē he said. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Despite the fact that wood-turing is done by rapidly rotating a piece of wood, woodturners aren't limited to making round objects as exemplified by this square box Ben Kandel created. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Keeping a woodworking shop clean is no simple task. Ben Kandel says it doesn't take a lot of work to fill up a garbage can full of chips. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Ben Kandel of Fargo uses a cotton swap to apply a finish to a wooden pen. While Kandel creates all the pieces sold by TurningPro, his sister Anni, 17, plays an important role on the business side of things. She corresponds with customers, takes care of shipping, takes photos, and more. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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A wood chip flies off as Ben Kandel creates a honey stick on a wood-turning lathe. A lathe is a machine that rotates the wood or other material so that it can be carved by the woodworker. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Ben Kandel makes pens from wood as well as deer antler. These pens were on display for sale an the Unglued store on Broadway in Fargo. ďI just fell in love with wood turning,Ē Kandel said. ďThe variety of what you can make with the one machine just really appealed to me.ĒJ. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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School was difficult for Ben Kandel as a result of his dyslexia. But, in woodturning, he's found something that works well with the way his mind works. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Woodturner Ben Kandel. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Ben Kandel works on a wood piece in his shop in Moorhead. Kandel says he likes the speed with which one can complete a project in woodturning. Itís a very rewarding hobby because itís so fast, he said. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Tool's in Ben Kandel's Moorhead workshop. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Ben Kandel works in his Moorhead shop. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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Wood chips on the floor in Ben Kandel's Moorhead workshop. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum.
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Woodturner Ben Kandel. J. Shane Mercer / The Forum
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