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Turned Write Handcrafted Art turns new opportunity


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Colin Schroeder is the creator of Turned Write Handcrafted Art now located in Peterson, Minn. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

By Kirsten Zoellner

More often than not, many dream of casting off their professional lot in life in favor of their true passion. How great would it be to spend your days enjoying your favorite hobby as your career? If you’re fortunate enough to have the talent, you’re right; it’s amazing. Just ask Colin Schroeder, the creator of Turned Write Handcrafted Art.

For Schroeder, the road from hobby to profession has been a relatively quick one. The woodworker, who specializes in hand turned items, first picked up a lathe five years ago. Having spent time making furniture and working on his home, Schroeder certainly knew his way around a workshop, but the original $300 lathe was purchased on a whim.

“Did I need to buy it?” asks Schroeder, jokingly. “It was more of a ‘Hmmm… let’s add something new.” Thankfully, his wife Crystal, who’d gone to the car to wait and was surprised by the purchase, was completely supportive. “My family has always been behind me.” Still, at the time, Schroeder had no plans to do anything commercial.

When those first few handmade pens were made, and given away to family and friends as gifts, Schroeder never anticipated the response. Soon, new customers were lining up for his one-of-a-kind works of art. Schroeder began dabbling in different mediums of domestic and exotic woods, and acyrlics. He also began showcasing his wares at craft shows and small markets and quickly found there was a niche for his products. Turned Write is now a popular favorite at shows, was a featured demonstrator for ExpoCulinaria, and is a regular vendor at Rochester’s Thursdays on First and a founding vendor of the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market.

Riding the wave of demand, Schroeder soon found himself invited to create pens, from 100 year-old Hemlock, for a large corporation. Still working full time for a local company, the immense, 1,060-piece order consumed nearly all of his spare time. Carefully weighing the options, the decision to go from hobby to full-time profession was made in July and on August 16, Schroeder made the leap.

The order brought along other turning points for Turned Write. For one, the order required custom engraving and while Schroeder had the option of sending the pens out for detailing, he ultimately decided to purchase a laser engraving machine, which could be used for various projects. The process continued to rap .....
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Family Dollar coming to Rushford

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. While we are able to enjoy things such as knowing your neighbor and seeing more green grass than concrete, there is the disadvantage of having to drive out of town for certain items t ..... 
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Additional carved musicians to be unveiled in Harmony

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

The city of Harmony, Minn. is about to enjoy the company of musicians. Three additional wood carved musicians will be joining the Czechoslovakian Concertina Player which was dedicated in 2009 and was placed on the corner of Main and Center Street in ..... 
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Man rides 2,000 miles for Dakota land recovery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

Since September 3 John Stoesz, orignially from Mountain Lake, Minn. located in Cottonwood County, has been riding miles on his bicycle all to support a cause that he’s very passionate about. Hoping to hit 40 Minnesota counties by the end of Octobe ..... 
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November 14 is Give to the Max Day

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

On Thursday, November 14 residents of Preston and the Spring Valley area will face off in a rematch for this year’s Give to the Max Day, a philanthropy-driven friendly competition to see who can raise the most money through [Read the Rest]

National Child Safety Council seeks Fillmore County donations

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Features

For 41 years in Fillmore County, the National Child Safety Council has effortfully been educating children from preschool age through high school on many aspects of safety. Some of the topics include crime prevention, accident prevention and substan ..... 
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High honors for local resort owners

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Whalan Features

Larry and Sheryl Johnson, owners of Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, Minn., have been chosen as the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association’s 2013 Operators of the Year. The couple attended the three day MRCA conference which took place October ..... 
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Yarn Bombing has heads turning

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Features

During Southeastern Minnesota’s third annual Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour the library in Houston, Minn., experienced a “yarn bombing” by members of the library’s two knitting groups as well as others who donated yarn or their own knitting or cr ..... 
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Annual membership dinner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

The annual membership dinner was held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Preston Servicemen’s Clubrooms for the American Legion Post #166 and its auxiliary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6893 and its auxiliary, as well as the Sons of the Am ..... 
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