Donating art to cancer survivors: Meet the Montrose Wood Turners

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MONTROSE, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- A small craft club in Montrose is working to brighten the lives of people battling cancer.

They are donating 24 “wig stands” to Community Hospital, and more still to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction.

When he was diagnosed with heart problems, Dave Kauffman took up wood turning, a hobby that he says brings him peace. Now, the art that he and his peers at Montrose Area Wood Turners create is being donated to bring a little color and craftsmanship to people in the valley who are fighting their own medical battles.

Woodturning is a kind of carving, to create rounded beautiful designs, often things like bowls. Recently, these 25 hobbyists, at Dave’s urging, have started to build wig stands for folks who are going through chemo, and experiencing hair loss.

Offering a brighter and prettier alternative to Styrofoam heads that are usually handed out by hospitals.

“It’s important for me because my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it made it important for me to do something for her. And that’s what I’ve done,” Dave said.

Dave’s idea to build the stands was scooped up by his club, they all pitched in to build the donations. In addition to wig stands, the woodturners also build custom canes for veterans. They say giving back with their art is what it’s all about.