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Trees and Toys, Wonders and Woodworking

When retired UT Martin professor Charles Harding visited Kiwanis on July 12, he brought with him tangible information about a lifetime of learning.
He explained in great detail about a tree called Paulownia, which is highly appreciated and cultivated in Asia and is one of the fastest growing trees in the world.
Paulownia was named for Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia (1785-1865) and is sometimes call the Princess Tree or Empress Tree.
Harding passed around samples of this lightweight, durable wood that is often used in making musical instruments as well as furniture. He compared this wood to other woods he has used in his woodworking and explained the value of this wood in the economy of developing countries.
Harding also explained that he had found one of these trees on his property near Cottage Grove and had harvested it for his woodworking. He showed a beautiful box he had made from this wood and numerous toys, including a gorilla, two frogs, a kangaroo and joey that he had made from other types of wood. Kiwanis president-elect Clinton Smith presented a certificate of appreciation to Harding stating that a donation will be made to Martin Public Library in his honor.

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  1. loghomeshoppe on August 23, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Woodworking is a timeless craft that involves shaping, carving, and constructing objects from wood. It’s a skill that spans cultures and generations, combining artistry, engineering, and practicality to create both functional and decorative pieces. From intricate hand-carved designs to meticulously crafted furniture, woodworking is a versatile craft that offers a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise.

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