DAYVILLE – What started out as simple curiosity over a wood lathe in her husband’s shop has turned into a new hobby for Christine Heisen.

And now she’s in business, “turning” out a variety of wood-crafted items, mostly bottle stoppers, but pens, bowls, salt and pepper mills, and lidded boxes, too. 

Heisen came into woodturning only recently, wandering into the venture not long after marrying her husband, Dan. 

They had been friends back in high school, met again years later and married in 2005.

The couple began a routine of splitting time between their jobs on Oregon’s westside during the week, and Dan’s small cattle ranch in Dayville on the weekends.

It was in the shop at the ranch, while spending “quality time together,” that Heisen said, “my endless tool inquiries took their toll, and my husband desired a means to keep me occupied and out of his way.”

“My curiosity about his ‘Shop Smith’ lathe seemed a perfect distraction, so he showed me how to operate it.”

He then took her to a woodcrafter’s expo in Portland where she was mesmerized by the wood turner’s demonstration.

“We walked away with a kit and I was hooked,” Heisen said.

She claimed her own corner of the shop, which she aptly named “The Turning Point.” For the past 3-4 years, she said, she’s “been turning, learning and expanding my knowledge.”

Heisen specializes in exotic hardwoods, but enjoys using local indigenous woods, too. 

A member of the Northwest Woodturners, the American Association of Woodturners and the World of Woodturners, Heisen attends classes and demonstrations whenever she can. She has sold her woodcrafts at the Keerins Hall Christmas Bazaar the past couple of years.

Her other interests include crocheting, gardening, sports, music, horseback riding, cooking and family. The latter includes the three adult children they have between them, who enjoy helping around on the ranch.

She added, “We love Dayville for the lifestyle, the people and serenity.” 

Heisen said her daughter, Brandi Anderson, has a natural aptitude for making bottle stoppers, and her son, Scott Anderson, assists with turning a line of bullet pens.  

Dan does his own furniture and metal art, and his son, TJ Heisen, will soon launch his own line of wood art, making Heisen Arts truly a family business. 

Their crafted goods are on display and for sale at Heisen House Vineyards in Battle Ground, Wash., and Macadam Liquor in Portland. Other sites around the Northwest and the Napa Valley in California are pending. 

  For more information, call 503-544-1443 or e-mail heisenarts@centurytel.net.

For a website link, visit: www.heisenarts.etsy.com

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