May 16, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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Ashburnham artist supports food banks by turning bowls

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Ashburnham artist Mike Mittelman has been turning wooden bowls in his garage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”I don’t know what I’m gonna make until I start to cut the wood and a curve will sort of start to reveal itself to me,” he said. “I get a lot out of just getting to be here and watch the wood turn.”Handcrafting bowls is not Mittelman’s job, the artist and furniture maker has a busy professional life.He runs M. Stahl Furniture in Boston and is a software developer. The woodturning is a passion project he called Bowls for Food.He said he learned how to turn bowls a couple of years ago and during quarantine in 2020 decided to teach his son, finding his kids at loose ends.”They were sent home and they were like, ‘We’re bored,’ and I said, ‘Well, boredom is a privilege. There are people who are terrified that they’re not gonna be able to pay their rent or feed themselves. Let’s see if we can take our boredom and do something with it.'”Once a bowl is turned, sanded and given a furniture-type finish, it’s priced not for payment, but for a donation.”You can donate to any food bank or food pantry anywhere in the country,” Mittelman said. “You send me a picture of your donation receipt, and I mail you the bowl.”Mittelman’s Bowls for Food effort has raised more than $20,000 with all the funds going to food banks across the country.”If you can’t think of something, the Greater Boston Food Bank is an excellent organization that can always use all the support they can get,” he said. “But, you know, most people have a local institution and sometimes it’s just their church or something even smaller.”Find information about Bowls for Food here.

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

“I don’t know what I’m gonna make until I start to cut the wood and a curve will sort of start to reveal itself to me,” he said. “I get a lot out of just getting to be here and watch the wood turn.”

Handcrafting bowls is not Mittelman’s job, the artist and furniture maker has a busy professional life.

He runs M. Stahl Furniture in Boston and is a software developer. The woodturning is a passion project he called Bowls for Food.

He said he learned how to turn bowls a couple of years ago and during quarantine in 2020 decided to teach his son, finding his kids at loose ends.

“They were sent home and they were like, ‘We’re bored,’ and I said, ‘Well, boredom is a privilege. There are people who are terrified that they’re not gonna be able to pay their rent or feed themselves. Let’s see if we can take our boredom and do something with it.'”

Once a bowl is turned, sanded and given a furniture-type finish, it’s priced not for payment, but for a donation.

mike mittelman

“You can donate to any food bank or food pantry anywhere in the country,” Mittelman said. “You send me a picture of your donation receipt, and I mail you the bowl.”

Mittelman’s Bowls for Food effort has raised more than $20,000 with all the funds going to food banks across the country.

mike mittelman

“If you can’t think of something, the Greater Boston Food Bank is an excellent organization that can always use all the support they can get,” he said. “But, you know, most people have a local institution and sometimes it’s just their church or something even smaller.”

Find information about Bowls for Food here.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/5-for-good-ashburnham-artist-supports-food-banks-by-turning-bowls/38677392

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