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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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Marjorie Otis

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marjorie Otis, 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Wednesday, October 30, at her home. She was born on March 3, 1935, in Cedar Glades, Arkansas to Alfred and Angie (Murders) Adams. In her early childhood, Marjorie moved with her family from Arkansas to ..... 
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Thelma B. Hughes

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Thelma B. Hughes, 97, of Houston, Minn. died on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab in Houston. Thelma was born on August 10, 1916, in Fillmore County, Minn. to Hans and Emma (Carlson) Overland. She graduated from Rushfor ..... 
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Rushford moves projects, motel forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a long road for several underway Rushford projects. Time delays, special agreements, and plan modification have hampered at least two, but both projects are now moving favorably forward. Not wanting to further hinder the wait time on t ..... 
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Jessica M. Wilcenski

Thu, Oct 31st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Jessica M. Wilcenski, 37, of Rushford died on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at her home. Jessica was born on September 1, 1976, in Minneapolis, Minn. to Richard and Janie (Wick) Thelen. She was raised in Anoka, Minn. and graduated from Anoka High Sch ..... 
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Hazel A. Olstad

Tue, Oct 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Hazel A. Olstad, 98, of Rushford, Minn. passed away on October 24, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Hazel was born February 8, 1915, in Houston, Minn., the daughter of John and Gelena (Jore) Doblar. She married Clifford H. Olstad; he died May ..... 
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Multi-species cover cropping field day

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — A multi-species cover crop field day will take place on Wednesday, November 6, at the David and Sue Larson farm south of Rushford. This Land Stewardship Project (LSP) event will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open ..... 
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