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Midwest Wood Art

Joan (Joni) Overhouse

Pen turner/pyrographer/photographer


After retiring from Flexsteel Industries after 35 years I took a class on bowl turning in 2008. I wasn't impressed, so I gave up turning until 2011 when I was talked into taking a pen turning class and fell in love with pen turning. Since then I have made and sold a bunch of pens and like making acrylic pens the best.


Lyndal and I were at the American Association of Woodturners 25th Anniversary Symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota touring the vendors area.  I noticed someone demonstrating pyrography/woodburning and asked Lyndal if he wanted a woodburner for Christmas.  He said "I guess so", so I bought one for him.  I kept watching the pyrographer and asked a bunch of questions.  Long story/short, I do the pyrography and water coloring on Lyndal's turnings now. 


Also, check out my photography  on Society6.com/jonio and Instagram.