UNCW Receives Special Gift from Local Woodturners Association

Thursday, October 09, 2014

UNCW’s Dobo Hall has a special new addition to its lobby - a "Sea Fantasy" aquarium crafted out of wood. Created by the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA), the aquarium of sand, corals, shellfish and moving fish won Best in Show and Best in Class at the American Association of Woodturners national symposium in June 2013.

The Woodturners group worked on the project for 8 months, from design to completion, before the 2013 competition.  Because the club does not have a permanent meeting space, they chose UNCW to house the sculpture based on the long history and national reputation of marine science at the university.

“We are extremely grateful to the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association,” said Chris Finelli, chair of the UNCW Department of Biology and Marine Biology. “The sculpture is a remarkable testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of the association members, and it certainly adds beauty to Dobo Hall. The marine theme of the sculpture fits well with our mission as North Carolina's coastal university.”

The donation of the aquarium to UNCW preserves WAWA’s mission to broaden the awareness of the craft of woodturning in the local community while simultaneously showcasing an enthusiasm for a type of learning that combines skill with education.

“We couldn’t think of a better place or way to offer an art piece that melds woodturning art with marine science,” said Skip Richardson, WAWA president. “We hope it will be a beacon for all who love the sea.”