Dan Stromstad watches as Dennis Johnson uses a lathe and turning tools to create a wooden pen at Johnson’s home in Gig Harbor. After suffering a stroke in 2009, Johnson was left paralyzed on this left side and in a wheelchair. Stromstad introduced Johnson to woodworking, and after making sure Johnson was committed to the craft, built a custom worktable allowing Johnson to use a lathe in his garage. The leathe and turning tool were donated by Ron Hall, owner of Woodcraft. Johnson has used the workbench to create several wooden pens and a bowl.
Dan Stromstad watches as Dennis Johnson uses a lathe and turning tools to create a wooden pen at Johnson’s home in Gig Harbor. After suffering a stroke in 2009, Johnson was left paralyzed on this left side and in a wheelchair. Stromstad introduced Johnson to woodworking, and after making sure Johnson was committed to the craft, built a custom worktable allowing Johnson to use a lathe in his garage. The leathe and turning tool were donated by Ron Hall, owner of Woodcraft. Johnson has used the workbench to create several wooden pens and a bowl. Joshua Bessex jbessex@gateline.com
Dan Stromstad watches as Dennis Johnson uses a lathe and turning tools to create a wooden pen at Johnson’s home in Gig Harbor. After suffering a stroke in 2009, Johnson was left paralyzed on this left side and in a wheelchair. Stromstad introduced Johnson to woodworking, and after making sure Johnson was committed to the craft, built a custom worktable allowing Johnson to use a lathe in his garage. The leathe and turning tool were donated by Ron Hall, owner of Woodcraft. Johnson has used the workbench to create several wooden pens and a bowl. Joshua Bessex jbessex@gateline.com

A friendship strengthened through adversity, crafted with a lathe

February 16, 2017 09:58 AM

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