Town News

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Work of Turned Wood Artist Featured at Farragut Town Hall

The Town of Farragut Arts Council presents wood turner Robert Klassen as the featured artist for May and June. The exhibit includes bowls, vases and decorative ornaments in a variety of colors and grains.

Klassen took up wood turning as a hobby in 1998. He studies each year at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg and serves as a mentor for other wood turners.

He employs a 20-inch variable speed lathe and a 12-inch midi lathe, and primarily uses “off the shelf” cutting tools. He works with domestic and exotic woods, but prefers exotic burls. He utilizes domestic woods like walnut and maple for embellishment techniques like dying and carving. Most of his work is non-utilitarian.

Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in the Farragut Town Hall. For more information about this exhibit or to access a Featured Artist of the Month application, contact Lauren Cox at or 218-3372 or visit

Farragut Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive directly across from the Farragut Branch Post Office.

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