Wood working group aims to help local food pantrySubmitted: 10/26/2013
Story By Adam Fox

Wood working group aims to help local food pantry
RHINELANDER - Pantries provide healthy food to people who probably wouldn't get it otherwise.

High demand pressures some pantries' ability to help those that qualify.

That's why one Northwoods group will use their wood crafting skills to help them raise money.

The Northwood Turners meet every Saturday to create wood work on lathes inside their workshop.

Bill Kingsbury use it as a retirement hobby and a way to relax.

"There is no pressure involved, you can turn something on a lathe or you don't have to you can do something else," Kingsbury said. "You get a feeling of what you want to and then just go for it and if it doesn't work out, there's the wood burner."

The St. Germain based group will sell their work at the Holiday Expressions fundraiser at Holiday Acres in November. All of that money will go to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

"We might someday be in the same situation where we have to go to the food pantry," Kingsbury said. "It just gives us a good feeling that we are benefiting the whole area here."

The fundraiser will be November 23rd in Rhinelander.

The Northwood Turners are also looking for new members. If your interested you can contact Kingsbury at (715)282-7338, or use the Northwood Turners website, www.northwoodturners.com

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