May 18, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Artist supports food banks by turning bowls

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Artist supports food banks by turning bowls



INCREASE IVING BY 56% BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC. IN TONIGHT’S 5 FOR GOOD HOW A LOCAL MAN IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONE BOWL AT A TIME. ERIKA: FOLLOWING THE GRAIN, FINDING THE NATURAL SHAPE. >> IT’S FUN TO BE IN THE MOMENT. ERIKA: MIKE MIDDLEMAN TRULY LOVE THIS WK.OR >> I GET A LOT OUT OF IT. GETTING TO BE HERE AND WATCH THE WOOD TURN. ERIKA: TURNING WOODEN BOWLS IS NOT MIDDLEMAN’S JOB, THE ARTINESS FURNIRETU — ARTISTND A FURNITURE MAKERSUS B >> YOU START TURNING THE WOOD AND FINDHE T FORM YOU WANT. ERIKA: HE LEARNED HOW TO TURN BOWLS COUPLE OF YEA BACK. >> THEY WERE SENT HOME. THEY WERE LEIK WE’RE BORED. BOREDOM IS A PRIVILEGE. THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT WERE TERRIFIED THAT WILL NOT PAY THEIR RENT. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN TAKE IT AND DO SOMETHING. ERIKA: ONCE A BOWL IS TURNED, SANDED AND GIVEN A FURNITURE FINISH. >> I PUT SIX COATS O POLL — YOU CAN DONATEO T ANY FOOD BANK OR FOOD PANTRY. YOU SEND ME A PICTURE OF THE DONATION RECEIPT, I MAIL YOU THE BOWL. ERIKA: HIS BOWL FOR FOOD RAISED REMO THAN $20,000 WITH ALL THE FUNDS GOING TO FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> IF YOU CAN’T THINK OF SOMETHING, THEREAT GER BOSTON FOOD BANK IS AN EXCELLENT ORGANIZATION. MOST PEOEPL HAVE A LOCAL INSTITUTIONND A SOMETIMES IT’S JUST THEIR CHURCH OR SMALLER. REPORTER: MIDDLEMAN SAYS HE NEVETIR RES THE TURNING. >> IST’ LIKE A BEAVER HAS TO CHEW WOOD. I NEED TO BE MAKING THINGS. ERIKA: FINDING SATISFACTION MAKING A DIFFERENCE. >> YOU CAN SEE LITETL BIT OF SHIMMER. ERIKA: AS HE SAYS IN THE MAKING. >>VE ERY TREE IS DIFFERENT. IT TELLS ITSWN O STORY AND RINGS AND KNOTS AND GETTING TO SEE THAT STORY, GET REVEALED IN THE BOWL IS A LOTF OUN F. ERIKA: THIS IS THE BOWL MIKE TURNED DURING OUR SHOOT BOWLS FOR FOOD NUMBER. 159 THIS BEAUTY IS MADE FROM SAPELE WOOD. MIKE TURNS BOWLS OUT OF LEFTOVERS FROM HIS FURNITURE BUSINESS, FALLEN TREES, YOU NAME IT. CONNECT WITH BOWLS FOR FOOD THROUGH OUR WEBSITE, WCV

Artist supports food banks by turning bowls

Ashburnham artist Mike Mittelman has been turning wooden bowls in his garage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ashburnham artist Mike Mittelman has been turning wooden bowls in his garage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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