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Steve Helfant


Steve Helfant is a high school English teacher who began turning in the school's woodshop.  With the help of the shop teacher, he was soon addicted. 
Now ten years later, Steve sells his work in several galleries, as well as art shows all over Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Always drawn to woodworking, Steve found his niche in turning because of the freedom of creativity and shape the technique allows.  For Steve, "measure twice, cut once" always turned out more like "measure twice, cut once, screw up, curse, measure again, cut again..." You get the picture.
Steve's style of turning, on the other hand, is much more of a fluid, spontaneous process.  Once a raw piece of wood is mounted on the lathe, the piece takes over.  Steve may have had an idea of what the piece would look like from the beginning, but often that idea will evolve into something different as the piece takes on a life of its own.
Steve lives, turns, and chases his boys in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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