Scrolling for a Cause

Scrolling for a Cause

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If you make your way towards the back of Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop in Winston-Salem on a Wednesday morning, you will be met by the rattling hum of a scrollsaw. Today, Mike Violette is at the helm wearing a Santa hat and effortlessly guiding the wire-thin blade through the pattern to create a small, ornate cross.

For the 5th year, the Carolina Scrollers are busy at work making unique, handcrafted ornaments benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank. The club boasts about 32 members, all of whom are donating their time, talent and wood to cut through hundreds of patterns to make the ornaments. The Scrollers is a club for woodworking enthusiasts, who mentor each other, swap ideas, patterns and stories, and help keep the craft alive in Central North Carolina. The ornaments are a way for the club to support a local, important cause and keep their craft linked to the community.

Some of the group have spent the morning setting up a small Christmas tree decorated with the ornaments towards the front of the store. While we talk, a woman purchases several, explaining how they will make great holiday gifts for friends. One of the Carolina Scrollers explains to her that her purchase of one $5 ornament will provide 35 meals to a local family– infusing the gift with even more meaning.

At a recent craft show, the group sold hundreds of dollars worth of ornaments– 100% of the proceeds going to food banks. We ask if they are worried about selling out, since the ornaments are so labor intensive to make. “We’d rather be selling them out early,” says Leroy Spangler of Kernersville, “That’s just not going to be a problem for us. We will jump on the saws and make more. We are thrilled to be able to do this for Second Harvest.”

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