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Buiiettn, Progressive, ~ressi~ 12B Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2UOl Photos by Marian Liddell A colorful creation by Toma seems to come from a magical forest where Toma turned wood on a lath and shared stories of his craft Sept. 28 at the Almanor Recreation and Park District in Chester. laid with turquoise. llnity the sl( By Marian Uddell Southwest. ride along to Redding withtheir motor home at Lake AI- Chester Editor Toma, or Tom Arcoleo, was him for a boat repair trip. manor. The remainder of the "Where is the turquoise born in San Francisco and Toma thought the trip would year they can be found in forest?" was a question asked raised in Monterey, but is a take a few hours and agreed. Mesa, Ariz., but still call of Toma, a woodcrafter and descendant of Sicilian Ital- Toma recounted that the ride Chicohome. seasonal resident of the Lake ians. His wife, The motor AlmanorBasin. June, nick- " home is also Wood art by Toma was pre- named him of the Arcoleos' sented Sept. 28 at the A1-TomA many ll] lt the wooden craft shop. manor Recreation and Park years ago and bowls and other objects just Toma has been District, for the Travelogue the name has turning a lath and Things program, become a pro- a in n e, for 10 years. Toma worked on a lath, on fessional but claims that the back lawn of the Almanor trademark. Tom Arc0le0 June is the re- Basin Community Resource Toma and al talent in the Center, turning simple pieces his wife are W00dw0rker family. She of hardwood into beautiful from Chico, carves, paints. pieces of artwork, but have been The program was instruc- traveling for many years to Redding soon turned into a tional, as well as entertain- now. daylong side trip to Lake A1- ing. Toma spoke of his career Toma first discovered the manor to tour the friend's in woodcrafting, types of natural beauty of Lake A1-cabinon Peninsula Drive. wood he uses, types of objects manor through a case of mis- Since that time, the Ar- he has created and sold, and adventure. A friend from coleos have been spending his travels throughout the Chico had invited Toma to April through October in "v, does stained glass and teaches her crafts to other seniors during the winter in Mesa. The Chester recreation dis- trict plans to have June give a demonstration of her spe- cial crafts for the 2002 Travel* ogue and Things program next summer. Toma said that he got start- ed on his woodcrafting after visiting a craft show over 10 years ago. He saw another woodcrafler's art objects and thought they were nice and decided he would like to do some himself. "The sight of the wooden bowls and other objects just lit a fire in me," Toma said. ,Within two days, he bought ,, skl beautiful, small wooden box- by 15-inch high wt es and vases, gorgeous piece, ' ugl Sometimes, the wooden leaf maple, ebonY fto par creations contain inlays ofm eneers. Whe 11 turquoise or pewter in the the vase went to a arad natural cracks and crevices Arizona and was onal] of the wood. Toma also uses record amount, ill,Pear black acrylic powder accentsthree days. ~to joi for trim to replicate expen-An elementarY~ch a sive ebony wood inlays. Chico has recentl~lock, Toma uses many local two specialvases~dan! hardwoods, such as walnut The vases will be~ump]~ and apricot from Chico. He by the school for ~n am recalls one story about when ing event. ,~k ou his son called and said that Toma said that i~i~pk he needed help from his fa- lief that the Indig" " ther after an apricot tree had Southwest, and G earb fallen down in his yard. Sot- potters, set the" begi ry for his son's problem, every pot and bo) and ( Toma delighted in the chance come. jOoths to recycle the tree into art oh- fie also said h e_.~r atte: jects, if the pots were Although Toma prefers lo- or wood, the ma g oi cal woods, he also purchases still owed a debt .of for exotic hardwoods from Turning is not a co across the country and the Toma. Every pie~ world, such as box elder and turns is a reflecti maple from Michigan; Eng- self and he looks lbl lish and black walnut. Euro- tiop, knowing pean pear, and red and put- ne er get there. He l ple heart from Central Amer- that his work sho llli ica: and zebra wood from and passion that h Africa. The hardwood names Toma's designs Swee suggest their colors and de- able. to see or buY! _ on signs and Toma works to cre- lowing art galleri _ aJ cI ate a rainbow of craft boxes woods Art StudiO; atc! and vase designs. St., Ste. 7, Chesl rec Toma said that it is gratify- Wind Gallery i$ ing to teach his craft to oth- Ariz.; Es On November 14, 2001, Feather Publishing Co., Inc. will pub- lish a special supplement entitled "Home For The Holidays. r ] I This special section is designed for retailers and thei cl'ents, t includes holiday recipes, crafts, traditional and non-traditional ( holiday activities.., just about everything to make your holiday I one to remember. I Make sure your customers see your message in this beautiful 1% seasonal publication designed and written especially for Plumas [ and Lassen County people. ] Meet our friends, neighbors and make new acquaintances inside this special issue. , [ Don't miss this opportunity to ' advertise your holiday specials, I I Sherd, Rhonda, Michelle I I Alicia [ I Cad, c ri I I [ [ 283-0800 II 284-7800 I ] his first lath, 40 years old and ers and share the feeling of free, Ariz.: Meyer only $50, bought every book knowing when you have doneScottsdale, Az.; he could find and got started, a rare art well. Gallery in E1 Toma's previous fishing He told about one night Special orders guide service business was when, not able to sleep, he from Toma by behind him and a new adven- went to the lath, worked all Toma, 2990 ture had begun, night and created his largest CA 95973. Today, Toma turns out work. It was a 16-inch wide Toma's art combines the beauty of a forest with Southwest pottery