Monthly featured Artist

Herman de Vries

With the recent passing of this group’s 18th anniversary, we pause to acknowledge Herman de Vries, who took the initiative to send out the call to woodturners to ask if they would be interested in a site that was monitored, that would allow them to save photos in a personal album, would accept comments on photos and which allowed no anonymity. At the time, there was no other interactive site on the internet that was designed specifically for woodturners. With overwhelming affirmative response, the group was formed on the backbone of another service. Today WoW, with members from all over the world, stands on its own foundation and continues to operate within Herman’s original vision of community.

The WoW family is fortunate to have Papa Herm’s steady hand at the helm and is pleased to honor him as the Artist of the Month for December 2019.


The World of Woodturners site (WoW) originated in November, 2001. At its start it was the only interactive site where woodturners could post photos and descriptions of their work and engage in discussion about their art. WoW members think of themselves as a family. They are artists who have become friends and who willingly share their talents and skills. This is a place where the novice freely mixes with the seasoned professional in an atmosphere of shared respect. No one is anonymous and everyone uses their own name. From this venue has arisen some incredible art, some of which can be seen in the public gallery. Enjoy this display of fine work. Access to the site itself is at no cost, by obtaining a membership invitation from an existing WoW family member or contacting site administration at wowadmin@shaw.ca. Include your name and a brief description of your woodturning experience in the message.

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