Idaho Woodturner Wins Woodcraft Prize at Penturner’s RendezvousComments (0)
Nick Beahm is ready for some serious turning on the Rikon lathe he won at the 2018 Penturner’s Rendezvous.
Idaho woodturner Nick Beahm and his family are enjoying the benefits of having a third, larger lathe for their projects after he won the Penturner’s Rendezvous Grand Prize donated by Woodcraft.
“We had a great event, with plenty of
penturners sharing their work and techniques,” Rendezvous organizer Kurt
Hertzog said when announcing Beahm as Grand Prize winner of a Rikon Mini Lathe.
“I know Nick is excited about winning the lathe and anxious to be working on
Penturner’s Rendezvous was held Wednesday evening, May 9, prior to the Utah
Woodturning Symposium on the Utah Valley University campus in Orem, Utah.
Organized by the Pen Maker’s Guild, the informal environment of the Rendezvous
is designed to promote open discussions and exchange of knowledge.
who chose to display their works were eligible for the Woodcraft Grand Prize
drawing for the Rikon Lathe held at the end of the evening.
“We actually own two of the little apprentice
lathes we bought from Woodcraft, and we will REALLY enjoy a larger lathe for
the bigger projects,” Idaho Falls resident Beahm said after he learned he was
the 2018 Grand Prize winner. “My kids
and I are all excited to try more and more stuff.”
said woodworking is in his blood. “My grandpa Tom Barker, who is 86, owned
Barker Building Supply in Island Park, Idaho, for 45 years. He built furniture
and turned bowls and other pieces. My uncle, Thomas Barker, also owns a cabinet
shop and has been turning for as long as I can remember. He is the one who
pushed my dad (Paul Beahm) and I to start turning about 10 years ago, and he
invited us to the woodturning symposium and the Penturner’s Rendezvous. We have
made pens mostly and sell them online or to a little boutique store in Jackson
Kurt Hertzog, Penturner’s Rendezvous organizer, presents Beahm with 2018 Grand Prize folder. This was Beahm’s third year to attend the Rendezvous, and he said, “I love it.”
Continuing the Legacy
Now, Nick said, his children are following in the family woodworking tradition. He and his wife Autumn have six children: sons, Kade 22, Carter 18, Makei 17 and Kelton 15, and daughters, Chelsea 21 and Alexis 20 – all woodturners and builders.
“We have made pens, teachers’ gifts, neighbor gifts and many other fun items ‘just because,’ ” he said. “We also love to build things and are pretty good at it. We just built a quilt hanging ladder for my daughter. We have built our own house and for Lexi's senior project, she wired most of our basement after helping to frame it and afterwards doing the sheetrock.”
Autumn has done some woodworking, and Nick
says, “She loves to be with us when we do
woodworking and watch us turn too.”
Nick’s mother, Lynn, has never turned yet, even
though she grew up in a woodworking/woodturning environment as the senior Tom Barker’s
daughter. “She would like to start turning,” Beahm said, and there will be
plenty of space for her in the new shop I am building. I will be able to have
space for everyone to turn and do their woodworking projects.”
Discovering and Using
Nick has a ready supply of SpectraPly and antler for his first projects on his new lathe.
“I am kind of a Pen Nerd,” Nick said. “I love pens and enjoy making pens. BUT... now with a larger Lathe, I might try a bunch of new things.”
new things often involves materials Nick finds during his travel for work – he
has been a sales rep for Eagle Eye Produce in Idaho Falls for nine years – and
went to Mexico and brought back a Marlin Swordfish and turned a beautiful pen
from it. I brought Cactus and Ironwood from Mexico and turned them also. We
live in an area where there is lots of sagebrush, and we stabilized some
of that and turned it. I have also turned pens from antler, and once you get
past the smell, that’s pretty cool too.”
Nick Beahm and His Woodworking Family
Beahm and his wife Autumn.
CENTER: bottom, son Makei Beahm; first row (from left), sons, Kelton Beahm and Kade Schaat, and Jeff Howe, daughter Lexi’s boyfriend; second row, son Carter Schaat and daughter Lexi Beahm; and top, Lacey Schaat, Kade’s wife.
RIGHT: daughter Chelsea Meikle and her husband, Dustin Meikle.
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