Larry Matisho was a keen learner and loved to explore the wonders of wood turning. He initiated a turning weekend at his work shop in approximately 2001.
Larry in 2002 at one of the early turning events held at Larry’s shop.
About six turning enthusiasts hired Trent Watts to run a workshop and learn from each other. Everyone had such a great time that the workshop was repeated annually for a number of years. Larry became ill with cancer and passed away in September of 2005 at the age of 59. His enthusiasm for life and turning was extremely infectious and left a large hole in the turning community. There were discussions among the original group as to how we could carry on with turning workshops and honour Larry’s legacy. Glen Friesen, one of the original group, suggested that we meet at the school in Waldheim where he is the Industrial Arts teacher.
Everyone agreed that this was a superb idea and could act as a fundraiser for cancer research in honour of Larry. Glen has worked tirelessly for over 10 years to grow and expand the workshop to include students, community members, turning and carving enthusiasts from every walk of life. Thanks to the Glen’s tenacity and the generosity of a Meno Industries (a Waldheim business) the workshops continue and money is still donated for cancer research each year.